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The leading cause of blindness among adults in America is diabetic retinopathy. It is an eye condition that usually affects individuals with diabetes. Early diagnosis can help you save your vision or prevent the disease from progressing.
The American Ophthalmology Association encourages people to stick to the facts of eye care. Many people have formed and believed in many myths about vision therapy. It is important to find out the truth behind them to straighten out your eye care practices. Here are the details that you should know about the five common myths and facts about vision therapy.
Macular degeneration is an eye disorder that usually affects individuals over 50 years old. It often develops in one eye before affecting both eyes and causes blurry or reduced central vision due to macula thinning. The macula is part of the retina that helps to produce clear vision in the central line of sight. Vision continues to worsen over time so early detection and management can help protect eyesight.
As people continue to understand the harmful effects of blue light, many desire to get effective treatment. Digital screens emit blue light, which many believe is detrimental to the eyes. Prolonged screen use can lead to symptoms such as headaches, blurry vision, poor sleep, and eyestrain.
Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter contact lenses that have a special vaulted design, only touching down on the sclera, which is the white part of the eye. The space that is beneath and that vaults over the top of the cornea plays an important role in the suitability of these lenses for those patients who can't wear regular varieties.
Better known as nearsightedness, myopia is the most common eye condition in the world and currently affects around 30% of the U.S. population, although that number is expected to rise during the first half of this century. While the exact cause of myopia isn’t known, there’s significant evidence to suggest that genetics play a big role and if one of your parents has myopia, you are much more likely to suffer from the condition.
Many people need to rely on prescription eyewear to be able to see clearly. Although glasses remain the most popular choice, an increasing number of people are choosing to wear contact lenses either instead of glasses or as an alternative at times that suit them.
Research suggests that more than three million Americans are living with glaucoma, and more than 80 million people worldwide. This number is expected to increase to more than 111 million by 2040. It is also one of the leading causes of blindness and any vision that is lost as a result of glaucoma is, unfortunately, permanent.
There are many different conditions that can affect our eyes and it probably comes as no surprise to know what many of them share similar symptoms. This can sometimes make it difficult to determine which issue is affecting us and, more importantly, what treatments will help to overcome the symptoms that are affecting our day-to-day lives. Two of the eye conditions that are most confused are dry eye and eye allergies.
Diabetic retinopathy is common in diabetic people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. During its onset, the disease is asymptomatic and may go undetected for some time before it develops.