Cataracts are clouded portions of the lenses in your eyes that cause blurry vision. Cataracts get progressively worse until an ophthalmologist corrects them. Typically, cataracts develop slowly over many years. Having cataracts is like looking through a fogged-up window.
Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which results in losing your eyesight. A person with glaucoma loses their peripheral vision first. Without glaucoma treatment, this vision loss may continue until total blindness occurs over time.
Ocular hypertension means your intraocular pressure (IOP) is elevated above normal levels. Elevated IOP is also associated with glaucoma, which is a more serious condition, with associated vision loss and optic nerve damage. Ocular hypertension by itself doesn't damage your vision or eye, but people with ocular hypertension are at increased risk for developing glaucoma.
Medical Diseases of the Eye
Diseases of the eye can be caused by allergies, bacteria and/or viruses and can range in severity. Early detection and professional care are very important for maintaining healthy eyesight.
Early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy can help prevent vision loss. Screening for diabetic retinopathy is therefore extremely important. If you suffer from any form of diabetes, your vision is at risk. That’s why Dr. Eason and Dr. Kahn recommend annual eye exams for all diabetics.
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