More often than not, black eye injuries are relatively minor, resulting from a blow to the eye, nose, or forehead. Blood and other fluid collect in the space around the eye, which causes swelling and the typical dark discoloration that gives “black eye” its name.
Cataract removal is a relatively simple procedure and takes about 10 minutes to perform during an average uncomplicated operation. Recovery time is also fairly minimal (about four weeks for complete healing), but there are a number of things you must do to keep it that way.
“Tired eyes” or eye fatigue is most often the result of eye strain (asthenopia) caused by visually intense tasks like reading fine print, hours of computer use, or driving long distances. Poor lighting can be a culprit too. On the other end of the spectrum, exposing your eyes to too much brightness or glare, like when watching a ball game or gardening on a sunny day, can also cause eye fatigue. So can too little sleep.
When you’re visually concentrating on something for long periods of time, you unconsciously clench the muscles of your eyelids, face, temples, and jaw. These muscles become tired from overuse, which often leads to more clenching and further discomfort. (more…)