(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to the letter of Ryan 3545 regarding his problems on his blurry vision.)

Dear Ryan 3545,

Alright, we now move on to the other probable causes of blurry vision.

2. Tired eyes

I don’t know what your job is. But, if you are working with the computer almost all of the time - like day in or day out, or reading books with small fonts, most probably you tend to blink less often when you are focusing on your work. But, when you blink, you will be spreading your tears across the surface of your eyes to keep it lubricated, clean and refreshed. So, blink more often, dear. Take some breaks and look around to keep your eyes fight fatigue. You can also close your eyes for a few seconds and take a deep breath. You’ll see, you’ll see much brighter than it was a few minutes ago.

3. You might have Diabetes

You have a problem when your sugar is not well-controlled because the fluids may get into the lens of your eyes and would make your eyes swell. You can feel this even before you are diagnosed or if you are changing your treatment, like if you are starting insulin. But, as your glucose level gets back to normal, your vision should also improve. The problem is, some people with diabetes would more likely get retinopathy and, or cataract and other eye problems - in which case, you should see an opthalmologist, not an optometrist.

So, to see if you are diabetic or not, and to rule out other problems, you should have your blood sugar checked.

4. Your eyes maybe inflamed

The tissues in the eyes may swell because they may have been irritated or probably, something bad or toxic gets into the eyes. There are a lot of reasons. This could be due to a herpes virus from a cold sore which could move to your eyes, or you could have been sleeping with your contact lenses on, or not cleaning them correctly, or you keep on wearing them, even if you should have thrown them. There are also immune system diseases that can also cause inflammation in the eyes, and to name a few - psoriasis, IBS, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Oops, again. There are still more to say. But, we are again running out of space for now. So, we’ll continue this in my next issue. Until then again!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)