The following are some of the more common eye-related questions we receive. Click the '+' sign to reveal the answer to each.
Eye Care and Diabetes
A leading cause of blindness, diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina. It is estimated that over half of all of the cases of diabetes are undiagnosed. An annual eye exam can help uncover undiagnosed diabetes.
Eye Care and Hypertension
Often the first indication of high blood pressure, compromised blood vessels, appear in the retina and may indicate increased pressure in the blood vessels throughout your body. High blood pressure can lead to serious consequences such as heart disease, strokes and organ failure.
Early Signs of Glaucoma
Glaucoma occurs when excess fluids elevate the pressure within the eye which pushes against the optic nerve which can lead to permanent vision loss. The early signs of glaucoma are best diagnosed with an OptoMap exam before any loss of vision happens.
Melanomas can grow undetected within the retina. If discovered early, these masses can be treated before they cause serious damage and spread to other areas of the body through the blood stream.
When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from the wall of the eye, and if not properly treated, can cause permanent vision loss.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is caused by changes in the retina due to the body’s aging process which blurs the sharp, central vision. Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that occurs when there are changes to the macula. The macula is a small portion of the retina that is located on the inside back layer of the eye. It reduces central vision and makes seeing objects and details straight ahead difficult or impossible.
What Causes Macular Degeneration?
In the dry or atrophic type, the tissue of the macular gradually becomes thin and stops functioning properly.
Wet, or exudative macular degeneration, is less common and results when fluids leak from newly formed blood vessels under the macula and blur central vision. Vision loss from the wet type can be rapid and severe.
Eye Disease Statistics from Prevent Blindness in America
• Every 5 seconds, one person in the world goes blind. Every 60 seconds that person is a child.
• 50,000 Americans lose their sight every year.
• Eighty percent of blindness is avoidable - 20% is all together preventable, 60% is treatable once diagnosed.
• People over the age of 65 have a 30% chance of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 65.
• Blindness is the number one complication from diabetes.
• More than 2.2 million people over 40 have glaucoma, yet more than half do not become aware of their condition until their sight is compromised.
•Annual eye exams can protect your precious vision.