Our vision is arguably our most precious gift, the wonder that is sight, but we often take it for granted. Being able to see, is what we rely on the most in our everyday living. Without it, almost everything is impossible to do, such as drive a car, read this article, or see the faces of our loved ones. What’s known is there are a variety of eye issues that can rob us of our vision, especially once growing older. So it becomes important to know what they are, this by getting our eyes checked on an annual basis. What’s known, is that most of these issues can be avoided or cured, this with early detection.
7. Acanthamoeba Keratitis (Contact Lens Wearers)
This can occur once you’ve ditched your prescription spectacles, in favor of more trendier contact lenses. Then a condition known as Acanthamoeba Keratitis, can affect you. This infection however is rare, but extremely serious. It results from improper storage, usage, and care of contact lenses.
The symptoms can include irritation and redness, along with a sensitivity to light and blurred vision. A ‘ring-like’ ulceration can appear on the corneal tissue. If the condition is left untreated, it can result in permanent vision loss. Being sanitary when handling lenses, while following the eye doctor’s recommendations, can avoid this condition.
The best explanation for this is cancer of the eye. There are two known conditions that can affect this issue. The disease can originate directly in the eye, known as primary intraocular. It can also begin somewhere else, and then eventually spread to the eye, known as secondary intraocular.
Melanoma is the most common of this disease in adults, while retinoblastoma is more common in children. This condition is fortunately uncommon, and can usually be detected early, this provided annual eye exams are performed. Symptoms can be blurry or sudden loss of vision.
5. Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic Retinopathy as the name suggests, is a condition of the eye that’s common among those who are diabetic. It can occur once someone has Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes. The condition can begin by showing mild symptoms, and can eventually lead to complete vision loss.
The two known types of diabetic retinopathy, are nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy, where the damaged blood vessels will begin to leak fluid into the eye. The other, Proliferative diabetic retinopathy, is when new blood vessels begin to grow inside the retina. These new blood vessels abnormally grow in the center of the eye.