Learning the symptoms of eye diseases and conditions can help you nip potentially serious problems in the bud and may save your vision. However, some conditions that can lead to blindness do not show any symptoms before real damage begins. Early detection and treatment can prevent blindness. Regular eye exams by a qualified ophthalmologist who performs the right tests, such as glaucoma screening, can detect problems as they develop and early enough for effective treatment.
About 95% of blindness is caused by disease. Some are diseases of the eye only, but many start out as diseases or conditions of the body. For instance, diabetes, herpes, syphilis, and many autoimmune diseases can lead to conditions of the eye that may cause blindness. Trauma to the eyes or brain can also cause blindness, as can some medications such as steroids.
Many conditions and diseases of the eye are associated with aging. Some occur almost exclusively with advanced age, while others can occur at any age but become more likely in later years. Age-related conditions include:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetes and Eye Conditions
Diabetes significantly increases your risk of developing many eye problems. Most people with diabetes will eventually experience some degree of vision loss due to high blood sugar levels. Controlling your blood sugar will slow down and minimize the damage to your eyes. Eye conditions that often occur in people with diabetes include:
- Diabetic retinopathy
Has it been too long since your last eye exam? Please, contact a qualified ophthalmologist in your area today.