Mysterious Eye: The Marvellous Machinery That Controls Your Sight
As people get older, they may develop eye conditions that will need treatment. A large number of older patients will need cataract surgery, where a surgeon will remove the natural lens and replace it with an artificial one. Yet some of these patients may have a form of macular degeneration (which is also age-related) before any cataract surgery. Does this present any additional challenges, or could it make the macular degeneration worse?
Your vision, without a doubt, is critical for your overall wellbeing. Nevertheless, while a majority of people know that their eyesight is invaluable, not as many pay heed to their eye health. In fact, for a good number of people, seeing an eye doctor is only crucial when they have serious vision loss and will not consider seeing these professionals if they assume the problem with resolve on its own. Ophthalmologists are medical professionals who diagnose eye problems, prescribe treatment and carry out eye surgery if the patient needs it.
Regular visits to an optometrist are an important part of looking after your overall health. Not only will you be able to discover and treat common eyesight issues like short-sightedness, but your optometrist can also spot the early signs of diseases like diabetes, as several health problems cause visible symptoms in the eyes.
Not all diseases have such an obscure link to optometrist checks, however. There are a number of problems specific to the eyes that need to be discovered early, and one of these is glaucoma.
When you're diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you're probably not thinking about how your sight could be affected. However, when your blood contains a high concentration of glucose, you can develop diabetic retinopathy, which is a serious complication of diabetes. The blood vessels in your retina are damaged by the glucose, and this affects your sight, as the retina is the part of your eye that receives images and sends them to your brain.
If your vision is slowly deteriorating, you may be developing cataracts. Cataracts are diagnosed by a routine eye exam. After diagnosis, you will be referred to an eye specialist for treatment. If you do not receive treatment for your cataracts, the condition can lead to blindness. Below is a brief guide to the causes, symptoms and treatment of cataracts.
The Causes of Cataracts
Cataracts form when proteins within the lens of your eye begin to cluster together.
The famous writer Elizabeth Bowen said: "No object is mysterious. The mystery is in your eye." How marvellously true! The eyes are an amazing, intricate piece of machinery that we only appreciate once they stop working. Pages become blurry, objects in the distance become invisible and suddenly the importance of our eyes is highlighted.
As a receptionist at an optometrist's office, I am astounded by the number of clients who only visit once they have developed serious problems. I am always reminding my family and friends to have annual checkups!
I started this blog to outline the ways that optometrists help with preventative eye care as well as rectifying eyesight problems. Please read, and I hope that some of the advice resonates. After all, the mysteries of the world are so much more interesting when seen clearly!
As people get older, they may develop eye conditio …
Your vision, without a doubt, is critical for your …
Regular visits to an optometrist are an important …
When you're diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you're …
If your vision is slowly deteriorating, you may be …