Daily Archives: 5th May 2017

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Macula Degeneration

Macula degeneration (AMD) is a condition that affects the central part of the vision. The part we use to look at things directly. It can occur gradually (dry type) or suddenly (wet type). Key facts: Mainly affects people over 60, but can occur sooner. Most common cause of sight loss in the developed world 600,000 people affected in the UK Half of these are registered as sight impaired Risk factors: Age – Over 60s at […]

Cataracts

A cataract is cause by a change in the structure of the natural lens Key facts: Start developing in people as they get older Can occur at birth, due to drugs or trauma (less common) Age related cataract are very common Stops the light from reaching the back of the eye and affects vision They develop over many years Requires surgery to remove and replace the affected lens. Risk factors: Age - Over 60s at greater risk. [...]

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease of the small blood vessels found all over the body. Key facts: Two main types; type 1 and type 2 Untreated diabetes can damage your organs Symptoms include: feeling thirsty, peeing more than usual, feeling tired regularly. 1 in 16 people have diabetes in the UK, and this is rising. Can cause serious long-term health problems. Risk factors: Age - Over 60s at greater risk Smoking - Can occur at an earlier [...]

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a family of diseases, which causes retinal nerve death. There is no accepted definition of Glaucoma due to the different aspect of the disease. Factors which cause or contribute to Glaucoma are varied. One factor that has a very strong link to the progression of Glaucoma is Interocular Pressure (IOP). An increase in IOP is thought to cause damage to the retinal nerves at the Optic nerve head, leading to Glaucoma, this is […]

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Eye Conditions

Most people value their vision over any other sense. About 80% of all the information from the world around us comes through our eyes so loosing it would impact our lives greatly. Unlike a toothache, problems in the eyes can go undetected and it can sometimes be too late to make things better. The sensitive nerves in the retina are made of the same stuff as brain cells. Once you loose them , they don't [...]