Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in adults. The key to dealing with macular degeneration is early detection and prevention. That is why it is so important to be aware of the symptoms and be proactive when dealing with your own eye health.
Our eyes are windows to the world. How, then, can we see the world when our vision becomes cloudy from cataracts? Cataracts are a condition caused by white deposits in the eyes, and impact nearly half the population by age 80. These deposits inhibit light from passing through the retina, impairing vision. Cataracts are the number one cause of preventable blindness worldwide.
Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, affects 30% of the U.S. population. Nearsightedness is when close objects appear clearly, but objects in the distance are blurred. Myopia usually first develops when children are in school and gradually worsens until the mid-20s. You can regain clear distance vision with corrective lenses and eyeglasses as well as visual therapy.
One of the most common conditions we see in our practice, astigmatism causes blurred vision due to an irregularly shaped cornea or lens. Patients with nearsightedness or farsightedness may also have an astigmatism. Astigmatism can be diagnosed with a thorough eye exam and corrected with lenses or glasses.
Glaucoma is the deterioration to the optic nerve and can eventually cause blindness. Glaucoma typically affects middle age to elderly adults. As a progressive disease, glaucoma will worsen over time if not treated. Treatments for glaucoma include medicated eye drops to laser surgery.