Cataracts and retinal tears are two of the most pressing eye concerns facing many seniors. While cataracts develop over a longer period of time, retinal tears can be sudden and do permanent damage to your vision. As we celebrate Healthy Vision Month this July, it’s important to take time to learn the signs of eye issues so that you can act quickly and get the care that you need.
Cataracts occur when there is clouding on the clear lens of your eye. Because of this cloudiness, it can be more difficult to read or drive. Cataracts typically develop slowly over time, so you might not notice changes to your vision for a while.
The symptoms of cataracts include:
One of the best solutions to cataracts is cataract surgery. They typically do not harm your eye outside of impacting your vision, so they are not an urgent issue. Until you have surgery, make sure that you update your glasses prescription as needed. Use brighter lamps and use a magnifying lens to read if needed.
The retina is the inner lining of the eye, and it is the part of your eye that allows you to see thanks to the light-sensitive tissue. When you have a retinal tear from trauma or natural causes, it can lead to a retinal detachment that involves permanent vision loss. When you think that you have experienced a tear or detachment, it’s important to seek emergency ophthalmological assistance to avoid temporary or permanent vision loss.
Some of the symptoms of tears and detachment include:
Your eye doctor can determine the right treatment for your situation, which might include laser surgery to prevent detachment or freezing treatment that also secures the retina to the eye wall.
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