We Know Cataracts
One of the most common forms of cataract occurs due to aging. Forming slowly, beginning in one’s 40s and 50s, cataract gradually impair eyesight by clouding the lens of the eye. Cataracts can also cause the lens to become brown, tinting vision. With surgery, a doctor is able to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one. For those who have other eye conditions that don’t allow for an artificial lens, the doctor will simply remove the cataracts and prescribe glasses or contacts.
Cataract Symptoms and Signs
A cataract starts out small and has little effect on your vision at first. You may begin to notice that your vision is blurred a little, almost like looking through a cloudy piece of glass or viewing an impressionist painting. Cataracts can make light seem too bright or glaring, and colors may not appear as vivid as they once did.
Different types of cataracts have distinct symptoms that emerge at different times. For instance, when a nuclear cataract first develops, it can bring about a temporary improvement in your near vision called “second sight.” Unfortunately, the improved vision is short-lived and disappears as the cataract worsens. A subcapsular cataract, on the other hand, may not produce any symptoms at all until it’s well-developed.
The type of cataract you have will affect exactly which symptoms you experience and how soon they will occur. When a nuclear cataract first develops, it can bring about a temporary improvement in your near vision, called “second sight.”
Unfortunately, the improved vision is short-lived and will disappear as the cataract worsens. On the other hand, a subcapsular cataract may not produce any symptoms until it’s well-developed.
If you’re concerned about your eyes, make an appointment immediately with Envision.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome occurs when there’s a lack of moisture on the surface of the eye. This leads to red, irritated eyes that feel scratchy. To relieve dry eyes, Envision professionals use punctal plugs, which are tiny plugs that can be inserted into the tear duct, effectively blocking the eye’s drainage system. Consequently, the eye’s natural tears collect in the eye and keep it moist.
Your eyelids help keep your eyes healthy; they protect your eyes from possible injuries, clear dirt from your eyes, and spread moisture over your eyeballs. Drooping eyelids, eyelids that turn in or out, and eyelids that twitch are some specific eyelid problems.
The cornea is the clear outer lens of the eyeball; it protects the eye and is critical for overall vision. If the cornea becomes infected or otherwise degenerates, the results can interfere with your ability to see. Pain, blurred vision, tearing, redness, and extreme sensitivity to light are a few symptoms of cornea problems.
Diabetic Retinopathy & Hypertensive Retinopathy
Persistent or acute damage to the retina results in loss of vision known as retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy are ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, meaning that the eye conditions in these cases are a result of diabetes and hypertension respectively.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for adults 50+. The eye condition damages the macula, near the center of the retina, causing a loss of central vision that significantly interferes with daily living.