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- What Causes Eye Mineral Buildup?
- Symptoms of Eye Mineral Buildup
- Diagnosing Eye Mineral Buildup
- Help for Eye Mineral Buildup
What Causes Eye Mineral Buildup?
There are several eye conditions that can lead to calcium deposits. The location of the deposits determines if they affect eye function. The most common locations for mineral deposits are the vitreous body and cornea. Deposits in the cornea can be mild, but in some cases they may become progressively larger and compromise vision.
Band keratopathy is a condition that is the result of renal failure or gout. Those with this condition will have calcium deposits in the cornea due to excess calcium levels in the body. Asteroides hyalosis is a condition where deposits are found in the gel that fills the eye. These can cause “floaters” where deposits can be seen moving in the visual field. In most cases, the calcium deposits from these conditions don't cause major problems or permanent damage.
Symptoms of Eye Mineral Buildup
Mineral buildup behind or in the eyes can cause a variety of symptoms from benign to more serious. Common symptoms include redness, dryness and a feeling of something being in the eye. In some instances, the eye may water more as it works to clear the debris. Many people with calcium deposits report seeing floaters or in rare cases, cloudy, blurry or obstructed vision.
Diagnosing Eye Mineral Buildup
Mineral deposits in the eyes are often detected during routine eye examinations. The deposits gleam and reflect light as it crosses the surface of the eye. Further testing may be done to determine if the deposits are causing vision problems. Once the source of the deposits is determined, an optometrist or ophthalmologist will develop a treatment plan based on the unique needs of the individual.
Help for Eye Mineral Buildup
Treatment will depend upon the underlying conditions causing the mineral buildup. In some people, nutrient deficiencies can cause calcium deposits to develop in the soft tissues of the body, including the eyes. Increasing the amount of magnesium and vitamin K in the diet is a natural way to prevent buildup. In some cases, if deposits are starting to interfere with vision, the ophthalmologist may put a solution in the eye that reduces them and improves vision.
Eye drops or medications may be prescribed to deal with general irritation and inflammation that can be caused by calcium deposits. If the deposits are inside the lid or other areas where they can cause pain, anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers may be used or in some cases surgical removal may be suggested.
Many people prefer not to use prescription drops due to potential side effects and choose to seek a safer, natural alternative instead. Homeopathic remedies are 100% safe and side effect free. Red Eye Reducer helps to reduce redness, soothe inflammation, relieve the bloodshot appearance and provide fast-acting relief from itching and burning sensations in the eyes.