Eyes are an extremely important asset to your daily life and we are all extremely dependant and reliant on our eyes on a daily basis. It can become impossible to go about your daily life and perform routine tasks when you are experiencing sore or irritated eyes. Your vision is something that you do not want to compromise and you want to ensure you take proper care of your eyes to avoid eyes diseases. These are 5 main eye diseases diagnosed by your eye doctor:
- Keratitis: This is a very painful eye disease that is caused by fungus. This eye disease is an inflammation of the cornea. It is very important that you see your eye doctor to have this eye disease diagnosed as soon as possible and to get the proper treatment for your eyes.
- Cataracts: This type of eye disease is very common amongst seniors but can occur at any age. Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens in your eye and they can develop in either one or both of your eyes. Normally the lens inside of your eye is clear and allows light to pass through to the back of your eye. When you have a cataract light does not pass through easily and your vision becomes blurry. Fortunately you can have cataract surgery to remove them and generally the surgery is very successful.
- Glaucoma: This type of eye disease that can be diagnosed by your eye doctor causes damage to the optic nerve therefore impairing the connection of the eye to the brain. In most instances glaucoma begins with a subtle impairment to an individuals’ peripheral vision followed by a greater vision loss and sometimes blindness if the glaucoma is left untreated. Generally glaucoma is the result of the eyes being exposed to high pressure but this is not always the case.
- Age-related Macular Degeneration: This type of eye disease happens to many individuals’ eyes as they age and get older. Age-related macular degeneration gradually destroys one’s central vision in their eyes, which is the vision that helps one see directly in front of them. This eye disease that is diagnosed by your eye doctor and happens gradually in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye, causing the retina to deteriorate slowly.
- Retinal Detachment: This eye disease occurs when the retina becomes separated from the back of the eye. Generally most retinal detachments occur due to a retinal break, hole, or tear that happens over a long period of time or sometimes very suddenly. It is important to have your eye doctor diagnose a retinal detachment as early as possible to avoid further damage to your eyes.
It is crucial to have your eye doctor diagnose any eye diseases that may be affecting your vision as early as possible. This can help to prevent further spreading of the disease and help you to maintain good vision.
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Dr. Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.