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Eye Problems? Odds are It’s One of These Conditions

Eye issues are a common problem for many people. These problems only increase with age.

Complete Family Eye Care in Blackfoot, Idaho is experienced and qualified in dealing with each of these issues among many others. Before coming in to receive treatment for any eye problems, however, it is valuable to at least have a basic understanding of what is going on. Below are five of the most common eye problems people experience and what having one could mean for you.

eye doctor blackfootCataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. As this develops over time, it can even lead to eventual blindness. The symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision, seeing double, sensitivity to light, trouble seeing at night, and seeing bright colors as faded or yellow. Unfortunately, cataracts will not go away on their own. The only viable treatment option is surgery. Cataract surgery involves the replacement of the clouded lens with an artificial lens to restore clean vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy

This is the most common type of diabetic eye disease. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina. An early symptom of this is blood vessels leaking fluid within the eye. Later on, the growth of abnormal blood vessels on the retina leads to swelling and scar tissue that could cause the retina to detach. This can lead to serious, irreparable vision loss. All those with diabetes should have annual retinopathy screenings to catch this in the early stages. There is no cure, but a laser treatment known as photocoagulation is very effective at preventing vision loss if it is done before too much damage is already done.

Macular Degeneration

The part of your retina which makes it possible for you to see fine details is called the macula. The macula tends to naturally degrade at least some with age. Serious cases, however, are known as macular degeneration. This can cause anything from hazy vision to a complete loss of central vision. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to stop or prevent this from occurring, but catching it early can slow its progress

Glaucoma

Within the eye there is a liquid known as aqueous humor that must be kept at an appropriate level of pressure. Too much pressure damages the optic nerve and limits the eye’s capability of transmitting images from the eye to the brain. Symptoms of glaucoma are rarely shown early. By the time symptoms are noticeable, optic nerve damage is typically severe. These symptoms normally manifest as blind spots in the peripheral vision. The most common treatment for glaucoma is prescription eye drops.

All in all, there are many potential eye problems people are prone to develop over time. The key in preventing these problems from causing serious damage is catching them early. To do so, annual eye inspections are a must. In Blackfoot, Idaho, Complete Family Eye Care is here for you for all normal eye inspections and the treatment of problems such as mentioned above.