Health Issues For All Of Us To Be Aware Of.

Eye Health Issues

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that destroys sharp, central vision. Extended exposure to UV rays is a risk factor in this and other eye conditions.

Amblyopia (lazy eye).

Astigmatism is an eye condition marked by blurred vision at all distances and is caused by an irregular cornea.

Cataracts is an eye disease that involves the clouding of the outer lens of the eye. Extended exposure to UV rays is a risk factor.

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that gradually damages the optic nerve and causes vision loss.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness), or trouble seeing close up.

Myopia (Nearsightedness), or trouble seeing far away.

Presbyopia, trouble seeing close up for people 40 and older.

Pterygium, or the thickening of the outer coating of the eye. Risk factors include extended exposure to UV rays and wind.

Strabismus (crossed eyes).

General Health issues

Diabetes, which can be detected through an eye exam, can cause blurred vision. Over time, it can lead to diabetic retinopathy, and can increase risk for developing cataract and glaucoma.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can sometimes be detected through an eye exam. It can lead to hypertensive retinopathy, which causes blurry vision and even blindness.

HIV/AIDS can lead to retinal detachment and blindness within two to six months of late-stage AIDS.

Sickle Cell Disease can cause vision problems and even blindness when sickle-shaped cells block blood vessels in the eye.

Tuberculosis can lead to a number of diseases throughout the body and eye, including ocular tuberculosis.

The information seen here is for reference purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or to diagnose or prescribe any specific treatment(s). For all questions and concerns about your vision, eye health and potential eye problems, please consult an eyecare professional.

Special thanks to the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, for source material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the NEI/NIH website.

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