As we get older our eyes deteriorate. Although unpleasant it is not the end of the world. There are treatments for most age-related eye conditions and early diagnosis helps you to live a normal life.
This post highlights what can be done to help you lead a better life; if you are one of the five million Britons living with an age-related eye condition.
Glaucoma is an increasingly common eye problem worldwide. It causes a fluid build up in your eye putting pressure on the optic nerve. Overtime, dark spots form on the edge of your vision progressing to a tunnel vision effect. As the process is gradual it is often not noticed until the onset of the condition is quite severe.
The treatment for glaucoma is to use eye drops that alter fluid production, relieving the pressure on the optic nerve. As with most treatments, the earlier glaucoma is detected the better. This is why medical professionals recommend regular eye tests.
Around 500,000 people in the UK suffer with the condition.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
AMD is where the macular-the central point of the retina becomes damaged. This causes a tunnel vision effect and makes reading, watching TV, and identifying features of faces difficult. There are two types of AMD, wet and dry.
Dry is more common and harder to treat. Here, the waste product builds up forming deposits that dislodge the macular, while wet AMD causes tiny blood vessels to grow under the retina. They leak fluid and blood distorting your vision. Sometimes dry AMD can lead to wet AMD.
Currently, the treatment range for dry AMD is to take vitamins to reduce the progression of the condition and to prevent the onset of wet AMD.
For wet AMD there are treatments available and many in the pipeline. Often it involves injections into your eye to seal the blood vessels.
Cataracts are a condition where your eye lens becomes cloudy, impairing your vision. Although the only way to cure cataracts is to have your lens replaced, often you will require glasses for either near or long sightedness.
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Like AMD, diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels grow on your retina causing blockages in your vision. If left untreated, suffers will go blind. Like wet AMD injections into the eye are necessary to seal the blood vessels.
Once again early detection is key to halting the progress of the condition.
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