(Foreword: This is the continuation to our response to the letter of Ryan 3545 regarding his blurry vision problem/)
DEAR Ryan 3545,
Last time, we talk about aging. This time, most people have trouble with their vision because the clear lens inside their eyes isn't as flexible as those of the younger ones.
But don’t fret when that time comes because your eye doctor can help you with reading glasses, contacts, or surgery that you will need.
Alright, let’s now move on to the other causes of blurry vision.
Your cornea is scratched
You might have got it from injury, but more likely, it is from a bit of dust or sand.
Typically, you will feel that there is some big, rough chunks in your eye. If this happens to you, try blinking several times to make yourself produce more tears. But, don’t you ever rub or touch your eyeball, dear. It’s a BIG, BIG NO! If you do that, it can make your situation worse. Better still, see your eye doctor as soon as possible. No delay is excused.
There is something in your brain
Sometimes, a brain injury or concussion can disrupt on how the information from your eyes gets processed. But I hope you didn’t get an accident before which could possibly injure your brain. Brain tumors could also give you eyesight roubles. The problem here is, it would depend on where and how big the injury is, a brain tumor may affect your vision. Here, you can have double vision. This is one of the many symptoms of brain swelling or of the membrane that surrounds it, especially in the case of encephalitis or meningitis, which is often due to infection.
Then, there’s another double trouble. This could be due to stroke. While blurry vision is not a symptom that most people usually can think of, but, this can be a warning of a stroke. So, check your blood pressure always. Don’t ever think that you are young, you won’t be hypertensive. I get a lot of young people as young as in their 20’s who had stroke and even died due to it.
So, don’t be complacent. Check with your physician right away. Don’t let the lightning hit you before you move.
Opps, 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 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 send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of
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