Cataracts: Are formed when the clear lens of the eye begins to cloud and harden. As the cataracts mature, vision dims and people have trouble with driving at night and glare.
Dry Eye Syndrome: A condition caused by poor tear quality or quantity that results in burning, stinging, redness, and fluctuating vision. Dry eyes often become watery and runny.
Diabetic Retinopathy: Weakened blood vessels leak fluid and blood into the retina, and depending on the location, may cause decreased vision. In later stages, new blood vessels grow to give more oxygen to the retina, leading to serious vision loss and putting patients at risk for glaucoma and retinal detachments.
Glaucoma: A group of diseases that silently steals your side vision. It is a leading cause of blindness in America. Often, the fluid pressure in the eye is high, which puts pressure on the optic nerve and causes it to be permanently damaged.
Macular Degeneration: A breakdown of the central retina and the number one cause of blindness in America. As this disease progresses, central vision is distored or lost. Dry AMD can progress to wet AMD, in which vision loss is more severe and permanent.
Posterior Vitreous Detachment: As a person ages, the vitreous jelly that fills the back of the eye beings to shrink and loose its structure. When the vitreous finally pulls away from the retina, a person may notice a large black floater in their vision. With a PVD, the retina is at a higher risk of detachment.
Retinal Detachment: Occurs when the retina pulls away from the inside of the eyeball. Symptoms of a retinal tear include: flashes, floaters, red tinge to vision, or a curtain over your vision.
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