The retina is the layer of light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eyeball that triggers the optic nerve to pass information to the brain so that you can see. According to the Mayo Clinic, when that layer of cellular tissue begins to detach from the eye, it loses a large portion of its blood supply and oxygen. This emergency situation is called a retinal detachment, and – if it isn’t treated within a short timeframe – it can result in partial or total vision loss in the affected eye.
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most prevalent cause of partial and total vision impairment in senior citizens. It occurs when the macula – the center of the retina – begins to break down. If macular degeneration goes untreated, it will lead to blindness. However, if your ophthalmologist catches it early, it can be treated and vision loss can be prevented.
If you regularly suffer from headaches, you may think that you’re either just not getting enough water, you’re stressed from work, or that you spend too much time staring at the computer screen. Some or all of these things may be true, but your headache problems may actually stem from an issue with your eyes.
To children, the world is still a very new place. Unless they experience outright pain, they often do not realize anything is out of the ordinary, especially when it comes to their vision. In essence, they haven’t been looking at the world long enough to know that they may be nearsighted, farsighted, or have an astigmatism that’s making it difficult for them to focus on objects for longer periods of time.
You may or may not already know that astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems in the world, but did you know that it’s actually also one of the most misunderstood? Do you know what astigmatism is, along with what causes it, and how it’s treated?
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