People face eye problems from time to time. Some situations are quite minor and ordinary, like near- or far-sightedness, which only require eyeglasses or contact lenses; and sore or red eyes that can be treated with a few eye drops easily enough. Other cases require more medical attention, usually requiring your ophthalmologist or even your surgeon to intervene. Among the latter are diseases so strange and mind-boggling that it would leave you scared senseless. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Oculomotor Nerve Palsy is caused by damage to the entire or part of the third cranial nerve in the eye. Believe it or not, it’s actually a common eye problem, albeit more bizarre than some. It usually appears as a side effect of another illness such as diabetes, heart diseases, aneurysm, and atherosclerosis. It’s also believed to be a hereditary condition, and even those suffering from cerebral palsy are susceptible. Treatment depends entirely on the cause; better consult your doctor immediately should any symptoms occur.
Getting cataracts after an eye injury is common, as the shock can leave your pupils damaged that can result in wholly or partially opaque vision. However, there are rare instances where the cataracts come out in a star-shaped form. One such case involves an Autrian citizen who complained of deteriorating vision after a brawl nine months ago. The doctor who examined him noted the star-shaped cataract that formed on his pupils. Another case occurred in 2004 in California where an electrician accidentally touched an exposed wire, causing 14,000 volts to course through his body. Though miraculously alive, he suffered afterward from a damaged optical nerve and a star-shaped cataract. Luckily for both patients, their condition could be treated with surgery.
Herpetic Simplex Keratitis is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), the cause of the genital STD, and it is one of the most common sources of cornea-derived blindness in many countries. Symptoms include infection of eye lids and conjunctiva, eye redness, headaches, and photophobia. Treatment depends on how severe the case is; epithelial keratitis is remedied by tropical anti-viral medicines like Aciclovir ointment and Trifluridine eye drops; while stromal keratitis need prednisolone drops every 2 hours accompanied with some prophylactic anti-viral drugs.
You’ve probably seen lots of movies and documentaries where characters or statues cried tears of blood. But did you know that there’s actually a condition in real life where patients do exactly that? You’d better believe it, buddy! Haemolacria is not actually a disease, more like one of a symptom that would lead to one. However, that doesn’t make it any less scary! Unfortunately for us, not much is known about this eye problem. As of now, there are only three documented cases of haemolacria recorded. Causes and treatment is still being speculated or researched.
There are lots of bizarre diseases out there, not just for your eyes but for your other body parts, too (Remember that guy who has a tooth in his nose? Yikes!). Better consult your ophthalmologist should you show any eye-related symptom, even if it seems harmless. Better safe than sorry!