Poor vision may be attributed to old age, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. One of the leading causes of vision loss, for instance, can be prevented through early detection. Many people, however, do not prioritize eye exams, especially in their youth. Neglecting vision health may result in irreversible eye problems, including macular degeneration.
The conjunctiva appears as a clear, thin membrane that covers part of the front surface of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids. Viruses, bacteria, and allergens, however, can cause inflammation of this delicate membrane. This eye condition is called conjunctivitis or pink eye.
Vision loss caused by glaucoma is irreversible. Over 60 million people worldwide have open-angle glaucoma, with 4.5 million experiencing bilateral blindness as a result. Little is known about the precise cause of glaucoma, but new research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Eye and Ear may shed some light on this medical mystery.
Leber congenital amaurosis is an inherited retinal disease that can cause blindness. This rare eye disorder can cause severe vision loss among infants, affecting two to three infants per 100,000 births. Fortunately, new medical treatment for this condition has recently been developed. In today’s post, your glaucoma doctor from EyeSite of The Villages discusses how gene therapy can help treat inherited retinal problems.
In the old days, eye care specialists had limited equipment to detect sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, nowadays a glaucoma doctor can accurately diagnose different eye conditions through advanced technology.
Many people confuse chalazia with styes, but these are two different eye problems. The main reason for this confusion is they both appear on the eyelids. Your glaucoma doctor can easily distinguish a chalazion from a stye. A chalazion appears as a large bump on the underside of the eyelid or behind the eyelashes. A stye, on the other hand, forms on the inner rim and tends to be smaller than a chalazion.
Have you ever noticed spots, strands or squiggly lines floating about in your field of vision when you look at something bright like a blue sky? These are “floaters,” and in most cases they are harmless and can usually be ignored.
Have you ever experienced an episode of involuntary eye twitching? Also known as myokymia, this is a common occurrence characterized by a repetitive, involuntary movement of the muscles of the lower eyelid of one of your eyes. Your local eye doctor explains this condition further below.
Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unfortunately, widespread misconceptions about cataracts can get in the way of proper treatment.
Your visual and neurological systems work together to provide your sense of sight. Irregularities with either system may result in health problems. Read on as your eye doctor from EyeSite of The Villages answers common questions about the link between headaches and vision problems.