Cataracts & Macular Degeneration

There are several people suffering from both Cataracts and Macular Degeneration today. Both conditions are degenerative to the eye and can cause severe visual loss. Their only real difference is what visual areas are affected by each condition.

Cataracts:

In Cataracts the vision is affected slowly over time as the internal lens becomes cloudy. In some cases of Cataracts the vision can decline quickly over six months to a year.

Symptoms:

 Blurred Vision
 Increased trouble with night vision
 Increased sensitivity to light
 Halos or Spots
 Double Vision
 Difficulty reading paperwork even with reading glasses
 Decline in brightness of colors

Macular Degeneration:

Macular Degeneration is also a progressive condition generally affecting those who are 50 plus. The most common form is Age-related Macular Degeneration [or AMD]. This condition affects the area of the retina that controls the central vision field or the macula. The Macula covers 2.1 % of the retina. It controls your ability to recognize faces, separate dark from light colors, etc.

Symptoms

 Visual acuity drastically decreasing
 Blurred vision
 Usual shadows or missing areas within vision

Exam findings:

 Drusen
 Pigmentary Atecutions
 Exudative changes, hemorrhages in eye
 Atrophy Incipient and geographic

Having one of the above conditions can be managed with proper care. However, not having regular eye exams can pose problems later as they work to interrupt vision. This can cause a severe decline of vision and can lead to severe vision loss.

Our eyes need help as we age and making sure that you take care of them and get a yearly eye exam will ensure your vision stays with you.

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Risk Factors of Cataracts

It is said that Diabetes is the second leading reason for developing cataracts in the United States. So what’s the number one reason? Age. It is a fact that by age 75 about 70% of Americans will have cataracts that will affect their daily life. That is quite a big number. And what can we do about it. Reduce the risk factors as much as possible and get regular check ups to protect your vision.

Below are some risk factors for Cataracts:

Risk Factors:

 Age
 Diabetes
 Smoking
 Obesity
 Medications [Such as Corticosteroids or Prolonged use of steriods]
 Chemotherapy

Although Cataracts is typically a slowly progressive disease and can generally be caught soon. In some people for instance those with Diabetes it can progress rapidly. It is always best to get your eyes examined whenever you see changes in vision. It could mean your vision if its not taken care of properly.

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