This World Hepatitis Day, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of the disease. Whenever you think of Hepatitis B, images of yellowing eyes and skin. But apart from these symptoms, there are other ways the disease can affect you.
Vision Care Associates, your go-to clinic in the state for optical services, elaborates on them further below.
A common symptom among Hepatitis B patients is dry eye. Since the eyes aren’t producing enough tears to lubricate its surface, eyes become red and itchy and cause considerable discomfort.
Many patients mistakenly think they don’t need to go to the doctor to treat dry eye, a fairly common condition. Symptoms, after all, can be treated with eye drops. But if you’ve engaged in any activity that increases your risk of catching Hepatitis B, consider seeking the advice of your doctor.
You can catch Hepatitis B either through sexual contact or a blood transfusion or develop a non-infectious variant of the disease by drinking too much alcohol. If you have issues with drinking, recently had sexual contact or underwent a blood transfusion and experienced symptoms of dry eye more than three times, it’s best to see one of your local certified opticians.
Itchy and red eyes are common symptoms of dry eye, but they can also be caused by Retinal Vasculitis, another complication arising from hepatitis. A Hepatitis B infection may leave behind debris in blood vessels. The body’s attempt to get rid of the debris may then lead to the inflammation of blood vessels, which constricts the blood flow and oxygen supply to the retina, resulting in eye discomfort.
If you experience any problems with your vision and are at high risk of catching Hepatitis, we strongly recommend going to a gastroenterologist and optician. If left untreated, complications with eye health may even lead to vision loss.
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