What You Should Know About Bulging Eyes

What You Should Know About Bulging Eyes?

The following are some facts about protruding eyes:

1) The eyelids do not close completely.

They just partially cover the eyeball. When the eye opens fully, it looks like a balloon with a hole at its top. If you look closely, you will see that there is no blood coming out from inside the eye; however, there is a slight bulge in the center of the eyeball.

2) There is nothing wrong with the eyeball itself.

However, if you have protruding eyes, then your vision may appear blurred or distorted. Your pupils dilate when you blink and contract when you don’t blink. This causes the bulge in the center of your eyeball.

3) People who suffer from protruding eyes usually develop other symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and depression.

Some even experience difficulty seeing colors and shapes clearly.

4) Exophthalmus (excessive protrusion of the eyeballs) is a condition where the eyeballs grow abnormally large.

This condition occurs when one’s head grows too big for their body. Other times, excessive growth of the eyes results from trauma such as burns or surgery. The most common cause of exophthalmia is obesity and smoking. It affects 1 in every 500 men and women worldwide.

5) This condition causes the eyes to look abnormally large.

The eyes may look similar to the eyes of a frog or a fish. In severe cases, the eyes actually protrude out of their sockets.

6) There is no known cure for exophthalmus.

If you smoke and/or are obese, then you should stop doing so immediately. Your condition will not improve unless you quit smoking and start exercising.

7) The immediate treatment for this condition involves surgery.

The goal of the surgery is to remove some of the orbital fat and bone in order to make more room for the eyes. The surgery itself usually lasts several hours. There is a risk of bleeding, infection, and damage to the optic nerve. If you do not seek medical attention for exophthalmus, then you risk blinding yourself or suffering from massive headaches.

8) As a result of your surgery, your eyes will not protrude as much.

However, it is not possible to make your eyes look normal. Your eyes will still protrude more than they should. If you do not seek immediate medical attention, then you risk damaging your vision and even going blind.

9) You should wear glasses.

Wearing a hat or head gear can hide your protruding eyes to some degree. You need to protect your eyes from the sun. In fact, wearing a pair of shades most of the time is a good idea.

10) If you suffer from this condition, then you need to start eating right and exercising. You should try to work out your stomach muscles in order to keep the rest of your body in shape. This will help prevent you from gaining weight in the future.

What Should You Do If You Have this Condition?

If you suffer from this condition, then you need to seek medical attention immediately. Go see an ophthalmologist for treatment and diagnosis. Wear sunglasses and a hat whenever you go out in public. Also, start eating a proper diet and exercising on a regular basis.

What Will You See With This Condition?

If you have this condition, you will see the world in a whole new way. New colors and shapes will be more vivid to you than they are to other people. You may even see some things that other people don’t see. You see the world through a fish eye lens. The things you see in front of you constantly change and morph. The world is an adventure for you. Changes in your vision are normal and should not cause any concern.

What Should You Avoid With This Condition?

1) Try not to move your head in any direction too quickly.

Doing so can make your vision blur temporarily. If you move or turn your head too quickly, then the objects around you will blur and double.

2) Do not stare at anything too bright.

Staring at any bright light source can and will cause temporary blindness if you linger too long. If you stare at anything that is very bright, then you run the risk of being temporarily or even permanently blinded.

3) Never look directly at the sun; doing so can and probably will result in temporary blindness, and in some extreme cases, even blindness.

Things You Should Do With This Condition

1) Always wear sunglasses when you go out in public.

Wearing a hat is also recommended. These two things will help you to avoid being blinded by bright lights.

2) If you need to see something far away, then make sure to move your head slowly toward the object of interest.

Moving your head too quickly can cause temporary blindness and double vision.

3) Take extra care when walking.

It is easy to trip and fall when you first get diagnosed. Your depth perception will be slightly off. (Depth perception: Whether an object is far away or close, your eyes can determine this with the help of other senses. This ability we take for granted)

4) Go see an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Get a thorough eye exam and determine what you might need to correct your vision. If you wear glasses or contacts, get a prescription for glasses or contacts.

5) Go to the library or bookstore and educate yourself about your condition.

Knowledge is power, and it will reassure you that you are not going crazy or losing your mind.

6) Talk to other people who suffer from the same condition as you do.

There may be support groups in your area. This can help you to know that you’re not alone and that other people understand what you’re going through.

7) Get a pet fish.

Testimonial #1

My main concern was that I would no longer be able to see in high detail, and that would cause me to miss out on my favorite part of photography, which is photographing wildlife. To my surprise, once I got my first pair of glasses, I could actually see better than ever! Even without the glasses, I found that my vision continued to improve day by day. It almost seemed unreal, but it was a very welcome change!

My daughter and I went to the beach one day, and we saw this group of birds flying really close to the water. I remember thinking that I could actually see the individual feathers on their wings. It was a very proud moment for me, and my photography skills improved tremendously after getting my eyes checked.

Testimonial #2

Since my car accident, I had noticed that my eyesight was getting worse. I couldn’t see anything past three feet in front of me without my glasses. It was getting to a point where I could no longer drive because I couldn’t see the street signs far enough away from me. One day I decided to go to the eye doctor for a checkup, and I found out that not only did I need a new prescription, but I had developed macular degeneration as well.

The doctor said that I could get special glasses that would assist me in seeing close up as well as far away. He also said I could have surgery to correct the issue with my eyesight, but with no guarantee it would work.

I decided to wait a while and think about both options before having surgery. I finally decided that I would rather take the risk of surgery than constantly be fumbling around for my glasses. It took a while before I was able to get an appointment for the surgery. Since my retinas were already starting to detach, I had to wait about three months before the surgery was approved.

The day finally came, and I remember being really nervous. Before they let me into the operating room, the nurse gave me some Ativan to help calm my nerves.

The surgery lasted about four hours, and when I woke up, all I remember is having a really hard time opening my eyes. The nurses reassured me that this was normal. When I finally got the bandages off my eyes a couple of days later, I couldn’t believe how good my vision had gotten! I could see the little hairs in people’s eyebrows and the veins in their hands.

I could even see the little cracks in the paint on the wall! All in all, it was well worth the risk.

I really don’t understand why more people don’t get their vision checked on a regular basis. It’s very important to maintain good eyesight well into old age. If it wasn’t for the Affordable Care Act, I don’t know if I would have ever gotten help with my eyesight, but because all insurers are required to provide free eye exams, and glasses if needed, I was able to get the help that I needed.

Testimonial #3

I got my first pair of glasses when I was in the 7th grade. I remember how embarrassed I was when I had to get my vision tested. It seemed like everyone was looking at me, and of course the biggest bullies in class made some witty comments that still stick with me to this day.

What’s up Four Eyes?”

“Do you have something stuck in your eyes, because you’re blinder than a bat.”

I got over the taunts, but after a while the teasing didn’t bother me anymore because I had grown accustomed to it. I was pretty content with my uncool status until I hit high school, and that’s when the teasing got really bad.

I thought things were bad in the 7th grade, but it was nothing compared to high school. Kids are cruel, and they don’t hold back. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I came home from school crying my eyes out because of something mean someone said to me.

I started hanging around the “artsy” crowd in high school, and I really thought things would get better. Boy, was I wrong! Yes, they were a little more compassionate than the jocks and popular kids, but they had their own pecking order, and towards the bottom were the geeks like myself.

The worst incident of my entire life happened my sophomore year. I had a huge pimple directly in the middle of my forehead. I thought that if I left it alone, it would go away eventually. I wasn’t a complete moron; I did try to cover it up with makeup.

I don’t know why, but somehow the makeup always ended up making the situation ten times worse.

Anyway, there was this really cute guy in one of my classes, and for some strange reason, he seemed to be interested in me. I still remember him saying, “Your eyes are beautiful.” He didn’t even know about the pimple on my forehead. If he had, I never would have spoken to him at all.

I was so nervous around him, and scared that he would say something mean that I always acted a little strange whenever he was near. My nervousness must have been obvious, because soon everyone in class was calling me “Four Eyes” just like the bullies had in 7th grade.

The sad thing is, they weren’t completely wrong. I was so nervous around the cute guy that I was literally sweating like a pig. Obviously, all that sweat was coming out through the pores in my forehead, and along with the cover-up, it was streaming down my face. The humidifier in my room could not keep up with all the moisture being produced, and the pimple exploded!

Got pus everywhere! For weeks afterward, I had a red spot on my forehead. It eventually went away, but the effects lasted much longer.

What used to be occasional name-calling became constant taunts and jokes about the pimple. I didn’t dare go out in public for weeks. Even going to school became a chore. There was no one that I could turn to.

Both of my parents were working all the time, and my sister at that point was going through her “rebellious teen” phase. She was a JAP just like all the other girls in her clique. She would have made things ten times worse for me at school.

I didn’t have any close friends anymore. I had been either ignoring or rejecting their attempts at friendship ever since the name-calling started in 7th grade. I was a loner. A complete outcast.

I hated school. I hated everything about it.

So, you might be wondering, why didn’t you do something about it? Why didn’t you speak up for yourself? Why didn’t you fight back?

Well, I’ll tell you why. I was scared. Sometimes, the human mind is a fearful thing. When in danger or under severe stress, the mind tends to shut down and forces the body into a frozen state until its over. While this is usually a survival mechanism, it can be detrimental in some cases.

When the name-calling started in 7th grade, I froze. First it was just a few kids, then a few more, and before I knew it, everyone was calling me names. My mind shut down, and the only thing I could do was smile in confusion and head to the library every day.

I didn’t know it at the time, but that soon changed. One day after school, a group of girls cornered me in an alley. I thought they wanted my money, or something of value. I was wrong.

Along with the name-calling, the girls in school also liked to touch me. A lot of them did it for “Jokes”, but these girls wanted to do it because they knew I wouldn’t do anything about it. They groped me and tore at my clothes, while laughing and calling me names.

It was then that my survival instinct kicked in. The fear was so strong that it destroyed whatever fear I had of these girls. I fought back. I punched, bit, kicked, screamed, and yelled until I managed to escape their grips.

I ran home with tears streaming down my face, cuts and bruises all over my body, and soaking wet from crying. I didn’t go to school for a week after that. When I finally did show up again, everyone gave me a wide berth. Most just walked away when I came close, and others just stared at me.

Word had gotten around about what had happened in the alley. The story varied from person to person, but the general idea was that I got what I deserved.

This wasn’t the case with everyone though. Some people did come to my defense, and they were surprised when I didn’t do the same for them. I just kept to myself and did my best to avoid everyone.

One person in particular, a boy named Owen, must have really felt bad for what happened. He tried talking to me about it many times, but I never gave him the time of day. Until one day when he approached me in the library of all places.

He stood up from his chair across from me and dropped a book in front of me. Then he just stared at me with a blank look on his face.

“You should read this,” he stated.

I picked up the book and immediately recognized the classic tale, Moby-Dicked. I looked back up at Owen, but he was already gone.

I would have to thank him later for his gift. For now though, I just want to finish this story.

I continued going to school for the next few years. It didn’t get any better, but it didn’t get any worse either.

Eventually, I graduated and moved far, far away. Now I am here in New York City with a boring office job and an apartment that has its good points and bad points.

But at least it’s mine.

When I had first moved here, Owen had given me his number and asked if I wanted to hang out. I declined at first, but I eventually gave in a year after we met.

We became good friends after that. He was always very understanding whenever I needed to back out of plans last minute. He even came with me to visit my mom when she got sick.

Owen passed away from cancer five years ago. He was a true friend; one I will always remember.

I guess you could say he was the only one who really stuck by me. That’s why I try to keep in touch with his mother.

We talk about him every now and then, although neither of us are really that sad about it. He lived a good life.

That’s it. That’s my story. Thank you for listening.

This story was inspired by the song “Good Friends” by Mudhoney and written for the Five Sentence Fiction competition. To read more stories like this, go here . Edit 1: I’ve added a few commas and periods to make this easier to read.

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