Depression Counseling Over Vision Loss

It has been a month since I lost my eyesight. The struggle was very challenging for me that I almost felt like living life was out of option. The whole new experience of being blind is making my life miserable, and now I am dealing with lots of anger, anxiety, and depression. As much as I want to stay positive, things around me seemed so frustrating, heartbreaking, and unbearable as days go by.

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How It All Began

It all started a few months ago where I had this eye infection due to my contact lenses. I never really thought that I could suffer from eye damage because I always clean and store my contact lenses properly. Ever since I was in high school, I always love to change the colors of my eyes because it makes me feel pretty. I somehow get the confidence from wearing a pair of contact lenses every day. And for someone like me who had a lot of knowledge in terms of eye safety and precautions, I never imagined getting an infection.

But the unexpected thing still happened. It was not that I didn’t notice anything at all. The last time I wore my contact lenses before I could even get an infection, the outer part of my eye was a bit itchy. Since I am used to that feeling, I thought it is okay since it sometimes happens, especially when I get exposed to windy situations and some particles could enter my eyes. I was able to manage it. But a few days after that, an itchy thing was going on; my eyes began to turn red. Again, as I have said, it was typically common to happen, especially when I was overusing my contact lenses.

Another day went by, and I somehow find it hard to open my eyes. There’s just a lot of fluid coming out of it, and it got me terribly worried. It was the first time something was coming out from the eyes, and I was unsure what those were. So to address that worried feelings I have, I went to see an eye specialist and got my I checked. The moment the doctor told me about my condition, I paused for a while and reflected on the days that I didn’t immediately seek help.

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The eye specialist told me that my eye condition is so severe that treating it at that moment was not an option anymore. The doctor said I was dealing with a corneal ulcer. That condition is why I wasn’t able to open my eyes, why it turned out red, and why it was so sensitive to light. Hearing all those negative things made me heartbroken, and the fact that the doctor told me that it was already too late made me lose all my senses.

But it was not the condition that made me mentally unstable but the doctor’s decision. He said that the only way I could get rid of the pain is to remove the pair of my eyes because the damage already penetrated all over the eyeballs, and it is not much that any doctors can do to salvage my eyesight. I felt so devastated that I panicked and burst into tears despite suffering from eye pain. I was so hopeless and regretful. But I still ended up choosing to remove my eyes so it won’t create further health damages.

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Realizations

When I was dealing with an infection in my eye, I was still hopeful that I could make it and recover. I was trying so damn hard to stay positive despite losing my eyesight. I always tried and convinced myself not to feel bad about everything and that things will be okay somehow. I even told myself that despite being blind, I still have other senses that I can use. But who am I kidding? Living life with vision loss is so difficult that it made me rely on other people. With this condition, I can’t be alone, and I can’t do things on my own. I feel so helpless and dependent on the people around me. The hardest part is when I get so frustrated and overthink what could happen to me when these people surrounding me got fed up taking care of me.

Vision impairment is worse than any trauma I experienced in my life. I regarded it as a dead-end of my capabilities. It made me hate myself more. It made me regret all the things I do with my eyes. So for those of you out there, who think that you are used to doing something great, do not ever think that you can secure everything. Uncertainties can follow you around, and if bad luck hits, you might endure irreversible damage.

 

Counseling Tips For Preventing Vision Loss According To An Eye Expert

With the fast-evolving rise of technology, many people are now unaware of the damages they do to their overall well-being. And despite a lot of information one can gather from reading and watching educational videos, many people are still not taking care of their physical aspects. One example is everybody’s constant engagement with televisions, computers, and smartphones.

Perhaps you are also guilty of spending too much time on the said devices that you haven’t noticed the impact the gadgets can cause on your eyesight. You might think that as you age, it is normal to experience eye problems. But the truth is, your daily activity is the number one cause of why your eyesight might suffer from eye diseases. Fortunately, there are ways that you can do to help reduce and prevent eye diseases from happening. Thus, below are some of those tips that you might probably are familiar with.

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Watch Your Cholesterol Levels

You might not seem to believe it, but lowering down your cholesterol level and decreasing your saturated fat can help prevent vision loss. Some studies show an elevated amount of cholesterols in the body, and consuming many saturated fats entirely contributes to the development of age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration. And since cholesterols are known for damaging your body and contributing to other kinds of diseases such as different types of diabetes and high blood pressure, it supports the medical impact of vision impairment since these conditions are linked to retinal infection.

In some unfortunate circumstances, the bad fats can cause cholesterol plaques that apparently get stuck in the arteries that lead to eye stroke known as Hollenhorst plaque. That explains why choosing the right food for your diet is a must. You might want to reduce your intake of fast foods, processed meats, junk foods, carbonated drinks, etc. It is also vital that you pay attention to your overall health and drink a lot of water, watch what you eat, and regular exercise in general.

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Increase Omega-3 Intake

While you are advised to decrease the cholesterol levels and saturated fats in your body, increasing the good fats in return is beneficial. The omega-3 fatty acid is a must-obtain mineral in the body, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is considered one of the beneficial sources of minerals that helps the brain, muscles, and immune system develop.

Omega-3 fatty acids are most common in some natural food sources such as oily fish, particularly salmon, and other vegetables such as seeds and nuts. But with the vast contribution of omega-3 in the body, many experts claim that it can help with preventing retinal disease and aids dry eye symptoms. There are also tons of consistent studies that show people who eat a diet with a higher amount of omega-3 experience a decreased risk of developing age-related eye conditions.

Eat Foods With High Levels Of Antioxidants

Antioxidants help fight free radicals from the body cells and reduce or prevent the harm caused by oxidation. A high in antioxidants diet is mainly fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, Zeaxanthin, and, of course, Lutein.

Lutein is a very powerful eye nutrient that keeps the eye healthy and immune from certain eye diseases. It allows the photoreceptors of the eye’s retina to healthily regenerate and reduce cell loss and death related to eye diseases. Lutein enhances the sharpness of your vision, reduces glare impairment, and improves your visual contrast sensitivity. It also protects eye tissue from sunlight damages, suppresses inflammation, and helps fight oxidative stress.

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Consider Taking Eye Vitamin Supplement

If you are a picky eater and you find eating vegetables and fruits unenjoyable, you might want to consider taking eye supplements. It might be the best alternative for you to keep your eyes healthy without trying to force yourself to change your diet instantly. There are tons of eye vitamins that you can easily find in the market. You can easily buy one at drug stores or over-the-counter groceries. But note that for most people, eye supplements aren’t necessary, especially if they haven’t entirely got a diagnosis for any eye diseases. But still, there are different eye vitamins out there that you can take to help you get structural eye support and prevents aging eye disease.

But if you can, you should consider practicing eating healthy foods and taking care of your eyesight properly. Some of the habits that you might also consider are getting exercises for your eyes, resting them from time to time, and getting enough sleep. It is also vital that you schedule regular eye exams even if you are taking eye supplements. It would also help if you can avoid smoking and create a better eye-friendly surrounding.