Cataracts are common, and mainly found in older people the hazy, blurred vision, and the cloudy lens all contribute to an inability to live life to the full as before. In fact, a third of people aged over 65 have a cataract. But the good news is that cataracts are easily treatable.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
If you suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) you are far from alone it is the most common cause of vision loss in the over 50s. Left untreated, age-related macular degeneration stops you from seeing in fine detail because it creates a blind spot in your central vision.
If you have diabetes, at some stage you are likely to be affected by diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes retina as a result of high blood sugar levels. The longer you have diabetes, the higher the risk of this damage occurring to your eyes.
Floaters, flashing lights and posterior vitreous detachment (PVD)
As you age, your eyes experience natural changes, for example in the consistency of the jelly known as vitreous humour, the fluid that fills the inner cavity of the eye. Sometimes you adapt easily to the changes but sometimes they interfere with your vision and medical help is needed.
Retinal tear or detachment
Your retina is at the back of your eye, and it turns light into a signal that your brain can read as an image. As we get older, the vitreous jelly in the middle of your eye starts to thicken and shrink, a condition known as posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). It can then pull on the retina at the back of the eye, causing a retinal tear or worse, a detachment.
Central retinal vein occlusion
Living with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) can be incredibly frustrating like having two eyes that do not work together. Treatment for CRVO is safe and simple so you do not need to live with the symptoms.
Vitreous haemorrhage is when blood leaks into the clear jelly of the vitreous humour that fills the inside of the eye. Blood usually arises from damage to, or blockage of the blood vessels of the retina. The blood within the vitreous jelly obscures the passage of light and can distort and blur vision.
Macular hole, epiretinal membrane & vitreomacular traction (VMT)
A macular hole is a disorder that affects the centre of the macula (the central region of the retina). A macular hole can occur with age and is more common in women than men. It measures approximately one millimetre in diameter and occurs in the very centre of your line of vision.
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