The thought of losing your vision in the sunset of your life is a foreboding idea. No one wants to go blind. Unfortunately, there are several diseases that occur during these later years. The body begins to show signs of wear and tear and the eyes are no exception.
Although the list of possible ailments is very long, there are several that stand out as the most common threats to clear, comfortable vision in aging eyes: cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and corneal disease. Any one of these conditions can have a very dramatic affect on your lifestyle and potentially result in blindness over a period of time. The good news is, early intervention and treatment of these conditions can prevent damage and help preserve your vision.
How do you do this, you ask? Routine eye care is the best mode of prevention. At minimum you should be getting a yearly dilated vision examination from your eye doctor. The more you respect the potential of these conditions, the better your chances of early detection and treatment that may save your vision and prevent blindness. In the coming posts, I will be discussing each of these conditions in easily understandable terms. At the Nigh Eye Group, one of our core values is: Educate People (hyperlink to core value). We want you to understand what’s going on with your precious vision so you can prevent or minimize the dangers ahead.
- Dr. Steven