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2 Medical Conditions That Can Cause Problems With Vision

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Any kind of vision problem can be frustrating, especially if you do not know what is causing it. Below are two conditions that may cause you to have problems with your eyes. You can then take the steps needed to get treatment.


Visual stress is often seen with people that have dyslexia while they are reading, and in many cases this is with children. This is because approximately 17% of school age children have dyslexia.

People that have visual stress may experience blurred words or letters, letters that seem to shake or shimmer, or letters that appear to be doubled. Visual stress may make it difficult for the person to keep track of words across the page. They may also have a sensitivity to bright lights or glare on the page they are reading.

If you or your child has dyslexia and are having these problems, there are some things you can do to make your vision better while you are reading words. Using pastel backgrounds can help. You can also see your eye doctor for help. They may prescribe lenses with colored filters, or tinted reading glasses.

In some cases, there could be a problem with eye coordination or weakness, which makes it very hard to focus. An eye doctor may recommend treatment for this using glasses or some eye exercises to strengthen the muscles around the eye.

Fortunately, there are many ways you can make it easier for you or your child when reading. All text should be left justified, and the sentences should not be too long. Space the material out so you do not have long paragraphs. Using numbering or bullet points can also be useful.

High Blood Pressure

Along with causing problems with the heart, high blood pressure can affect your eyesight, leading to hypertensive retinopathy. This disease damages the blood vessels in your retinas, which is the area at the back of your eyes that lets you focus at images. It can also cause peripheral vision loss. Your eye doctor can use an instrument that lets them look at the back of your eye called an ophthalmoscope. The doctor will look for things like cotton wool spots, hemorrhages, optic disk edema, and arteriole constriction. The best way to prevent this peripheral vision loss is to treat your high blood pressure

See your eye doctor regularly so they can make sure your eyes are healthy.