3 Eye Conditions You Need to Be Thinking About
- Posted on: Jun 7 2012
As we age, it’s not uncommon to face all different types of health concerns and challenges. And, when it comes to your eye health, there’s no exception.
Did you know that eye disorders are much more common among those of a certain age? We’re not just talking about needing a stronger eyeglass prescription, but rather diseases that can completely reduce your ability to see if left untreated. Want to know what to watch out for?
Here is our list of the Top 3 Age-Related Eye Conditions You Need to Be Thinking About:
- Macular Degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can present itself in different ways – from a blurry area of vision to a dark blind spot. The condition occurs when arteries that nourish the retina harden. Now deprived of vital nutrients, these retinal tissues begin to weaken, which ultimately causes vision loss. As the number-one cause of vision loss in the US, any AMD symptoms need to be addressed as soon as possible. The best way is to schedule a Macular Degeneration Evaluation.
- Cataracts: Cataracts are one of the most common eye concerns for those over the age of 65. The condition, which affects millions of people each year, causes a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Often, the only good cataract treatment is surgery. During a typical Cataract Surgery, the eye is numbed and a small ultrasonic probe is inserted. This probe breaks up and removes the affected cloudy lens. A clear new artificial lens called an IOL is then implanted into the eye.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a common eye condition, commonly associated with an increased pressure in the eye. This increased pressure can damage the optic nerve and ultimately cause a gradual but serious loss of vision. Untreated, the disease often results in complete blindness. While not curable, modern medicine offers several advanced Glaucoma Treatments. These include medications, eye drops and sometimes, surgery.
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To learn more about these or any of the age-related conditions you should be watching out for, contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Call us directly at (540) 722-6200. We look forward to meeting you.
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