Serious eye conditions are extremely common, with an estimated 93 million adults in the US at high risk for severe vision loss. Many serious eye diseases do not have obvious symptoms, which means that visiting your optometrist is one of the best ways to prevent possible vision loss. Early detection gives you the earliest access to treatment, often when it’s most effective.
Without a proper diagnosis, treatment plan, or management strategy, many common eye diseases can significantly affect your vision. Want to prevent vision loss? Please, book your appointment today.
Glaucoma is the name used to describe a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve. Glaucoma is often referred to as “the silent thief of sight,” as it rarely has symptoms in the early stages and goes unnoticed until irreversible vision loss has occurred.
Typically, high intraocular pressure is associated with a few different types of glaucoma, although elevated eye pressure is not always the culprit. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60 years old, but you can often prevent it with preventative care and early treatment.
There are 4 major types of glaucoma:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease that causes the gradual loss of central vision. Often, AMD produces dark spots in your central field of vision, but your peripheral vision remains normal. AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 50 and does not have apparent symptoms before vision loss has already begun.
There are 2 types of AMD:
Cataracts are a natural part of aging, occurring when the eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. The cloudiness happens when the proteins in the lens break down, making vision blurry, hazy, or “washed out.”
Conjunctivitis, or “pink eye,” is a common eye condition that affects the thin membrane covering the whites of the eyes (the conjunctiva). Most types of conjunctivitis are extremely contagious, so if you’re experiencing red, itchy eyes with more mucus than normal, you should visit your optometrist.
There are 3 common types of conjunctivitis:
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