I’m sure that everyone has heard about the dangers of alcohol abuse at one time or another; increased risk of heart disease, liver disease, stroke, cancer, depression, the list goes on and on. Add to that the dangers of addiction, the risks of drinking and driving, or the effect excessive drinking can have on family relationships, friendships and job performance. They all paint a pretty bleak picture, yet some people just don’t get the message. So let’s add another effect that most people may not think of. Are you aware that excessive alcohol use can damage your eyes?
November 14th is World Diabetes Day, a day dedicated to global recognition of diabetes and how it affects everyone. It is a safe bet that virtually everyone in Canada has heard of, and likely knows someone who is living with diabetes. Currently, there are nearly 11 million people living with either diabetes or prediabetes, a disease that causes the body to either fail to produce insulin, or makes it incapable of using it. Since insulin helps the body control blood sugar, people with diabetes suffer from high blood sugar levels. You may be aware that high blood sugar can damage your body’s organs, but were you aware that your eyes were included in the potential damage?
March 12th to 18th is Brain Awareness Week. Considering that vision is controlled by your brain, this would be a great time to discuss how your brain affects what you see, how it works, and what can go wrong.
How the Eye and Brain Function Together
With so many screens to stare at: computers, tablets, iPads, Smart Phones; and so much work being done electronically, people are left with one big question. Is all this time staring at a computer screen harming my eyes? The simple answer is, it can if you aren’t careful.
Computer Vision Syndrome
There are two names that are used interchangeably to describe the same eye condition, which results from excessive computer use. These are Computer Vision Syndrome and Digital Eye Strain. The symptoms are dry, irritated eyes, headaches, blurred vision, red eyes, often accompanied by neck and shoulder strain and back pain.