The eyes squint – this is how you recognize a serious visual impairment

IN THE FIELD OF VIEW, at some point, silver threads or vague gauzes start to wave. This inevitably happens to everyone with age. The phenomenon can be compared to wrinkling of the skin.

The eye contains a small bag of gel-like vitreous fluid that resembles the white of a raw egg. As it ages, the proteins contained in the vitreous begin to precipitate and the liquid bound to the proteins is released. The glass starts to slosh. As a result, the vitreous begins to detach from the fundus covering the surface of the retina.

– In about 99 percent of cases, a glass fracture is a peaceful event, the main disturbance being the shadows swaying in the field of vision. Sometimes, when the vitreous membrane detaches, it may damage the retina. Then the eye flashes or gauze appears in the field of vision, describes the specialist in ophthalmology Niko Lappi.

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Hurry if the curtain falls

Sometimes, however, the vitreous is attached to the surface of the retina abnormally. Then, when the vitreous comes off, the retina may tear. According to Lap, it’s one black card in the game of life, which you can’t influence by your own choices.

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If the vision is strongly myopic, the retina has degeneration or the oxygenation of the retina is weaker for one reason or another, there will be uneven areas where small holes can appear

When the retina detaches, a black shadow appears in the field of vision. If the retina tears all the way to the bottom, there are no functioning vision cells left, and the spot becomes completely dark.

-If black dots appear in the field of vision or a black curtain that moves up and down or comes from the sides, it is always treated as a retinal detachment until proven otherwise.

Then the clock is literally flashing. If we are prompt, the prognosis is good.

Test your vision every once in a while

  • while watching TV While watching the show, cover one eye and see how well you can see. Then cover the other eye.
  • While reading compare the vision of the eyes in the same way also when reading a magazine or a book.
  • Vocabulary when filling, you should check from time to time whether the grids are straight.
  • In the window if the blinds become broken or crooked or the flagpole in the yard is distorted, something is happening to the retina and the ophthalmologist is in a hurry.

Hello to the eye doctor

  • vision deteriorates,
  • black dots or dark shadows appear in the field of vision,
  • lightning in the eyes,
  • the lines become distorted or the vision suddenly blurs in only one eye,
  • eye pain occurs,
  • severe headache and nausea.

Expert: Niko Lappi, specialist in ophthalmology, Silmäasema.

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