March 2015: "Save Your Vision Month"
Vision problems are more common as we get older.
Most common causes are: Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy.
CATARACTS: a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. Cataracts can make it difficult to read or drive a car. When your vision becomes impaired that it interferes with usual activities- you might need surgery. Cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.
MACULAR DEGENERATION: a disease of the center of the retina called the macula. The macular is used for detailed work like reading, watching television or driving. Macular degeneration comes on slowly and impairs the center of vision. Usually causes blurry vision. Discussion with your Ophthalmologist regarding treatment options is suggested.
GLAUCOMA: an eye disease that causes loss of peripheral (side) vision; also, increased pressure inside the eye. Cause not known. Can be treated with eye drops and sometimes laser surgery.
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: an eye disease associated with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. Diabetics need a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year and ongoing discussions with physicians regarding treatments.
Be looking out for next week's blog for further insights on your vision!