Yes, these blood vessels could be a potential problem to your eyes. Many contact lenses will cause this condition to a mild degree, but significant peripheral vascularization suggest that your corneas are starved for oxygen or other nutrients. Consider a second opinion with an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) to confirm or deny that these blood vessels represent a problem for your eyes.
Jeffery C. Hinson, MD
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What tests do I need if my eyes have narrow drainage angles?
Louis B. Cantor, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmartThe most important test to perform is gonioscopy to ensure if the drainage angles in the eyes are indeed narrow and capable of closure. Gonioscopy is an examination technique using a contact lens to visualize the drainage angle in the front of the eye, which is normally not visible without the contact lens. The intraocular pressure in the eye should also be measured, and other tests may be appropriate if there may have been episodes of elevated eye pressure in the past that may have caused damage to the optic nerve or some vision loss in the eye. There are also other tests performed in eyes with narrow angles at times where the findings are equivocal. However, the results of these tests are often not conclusive, and the diagnosis of the narrow angle is therefore primarily based on the clinical examination and gonioscopy results noted above. In addition, a history of symptoms that would be consistent with angle closure and elevated pressure in the eyes can be very helpful in establishing the diagnosis.
What does an eye doctor check during an examination of the internal eye?
Laura Fine, MD, Ophthalmology, answeredWhen examining the internal eye, the eye doctor uses a slit lamp, a diagnostic tool with a powerful microscope and a narrow slit of light, to explore different levels of the eye's transparent tissue and assess the inner workings of the eye. As you keep your head steady on a chin rest, a beam of light is projected onto your eye. The instrument's use of narrow light beams and high magnification provides a cross-sectional picture of eye tissue. This gives the doctor a close-up view of the cornea, anterior chamber, lens, vitreous humor, and retina.
The doctor will check for many things, including degeneration or the presence of foreign particles in the cornea (curved, transparent dome of tissue at the front of the eye), inflammation within the anterior chamber (space behind the cornea and in front of the iris that is filled with aqueous humor), cataract (clouding of the lens), floaters (seeing spots), tumors or abnormal blood vessels in the iris (colored part of the eye that controls how much light enters the eye), and circulatory or degenerative conditions of the retina (the film in the back of the eye).Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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