Glaucoma can have many causes. Some are common knowledge, such as cataracts and complications from high blood pressure or diabetes, but others can be surprising. Different types of eye injuries, OTC or prescription steroids, and eye melanomas can also cause you to develop this dangerous eye disease.
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Glaucoma and diabetes
- Diabetic macular edema
- Cataracts and diabetes
- Diagnosing and treating diabetic eye disease
There’s a good reason eye doctors often refer to glaucoma as “the silent theif of sight.” Because damage to vision is painless and progresses gradually, many patients only realize they were actually experiencing symptoms in hindsight.
For example, Dr. Holt says, “I once had a patient who didn’t realize he had glaucoma. However, he had noticed that after he hit a golf ball he couldn’t see it in the sky. He also mentioned that, while on his job as a plumber, he kept hitting his head on pipes that he just didn’t see were in his way.” (more…)
Glaucoma is an eye disease that approximately 3 million Americans deal with every day, and is the second most common cause of blindness in the U.S. Adults over the age of 40 with a family history of glaucoma or high eye pressure from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease are all at a greater risk of developing the disease.
There’s a reason ophthalmologists refer to glaucoma as the “silent thief of sight.” The disease typically has no early signs or symptoms until vision loss begins, and as much as 40% of your vision can be lost without you realizing that you have a problem.
Glaucoma has no initial symptoms or warning signs, and any vision loss that does occur is permanent. Vision can be preserved if glaucoma is discovered at an early stage and treated. However, if left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness. (more…)
Your peripheral vision, also known as side vision, gives you the ability to see to the sides, above, and below a central point of focus straight ahead of you, without turning your head sideways or moving your eyes side-to-side or up and down. The loss of peripheral vision is often referred to as tunnel vision, and it can indeed make you feel like you’re in a tunnel or that the world is closing in around you.
Peripheral vision loss can cause difficulties with spatial orientation and mobility. People with peripheral vision loss are often more prone to trip over objects in their path or bump into other people. Many patients with peripheral vision loss also have impaired night vision. (more…)
CBD, short for a chemical in the cannabis plant called cannabidiol, has become all the rage over the past year. Available in oils, sprays, creams, and even bath bombs and dog treats, CBD does not make you high, unlike its well-known cannabinoid cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Often touted as a magical elixir, CBD is being marketing as a treatment for just about everything, including anxiety, insomnia, pain, and even cancer. According to AARP, baby boomers are fueling the popularity of CBD and using it as a treatment for pain, arthritis and other age-related health problems.
Glaucoma, however, has been taken off the list of conditions that may benefit from CBD. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently reported that a new study proved CBD may worsen glaucoma, which is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. (more…)
Detecting eye diseases as early as possible gives you the best chance of saving your sight. Some of the most common eye diseases can blind you before you ever notice the first symptoms.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you get a comprehensive eye examination at age 40, which is when changes in your vision or early signs of disease typically begin. A comprehensive screening, which includes dilating the eyes, can help identify signs of eye disease at an early stage. Continue to have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years after age 40, and at least once a year after age 50. (more…)
When it comes to preserving your eyesight, being proactive rather than reactive makes all the difference. Regular eye examinations are often put off until our vision becomes blurry or our eyes hurt or we have some other issue with our eyesight. But even if your vision seems perfectly fine, routine eye examinations are vitally important because they are often the only way to detect many of the worst eye diseases before they have robbed you of your sight.
Dr. Marc Bodenheimer says, “A lot of times, people will come in when they’re having problems and find out that if they’d come in two or three years sooner we could have kept them from having these problems. It makes it much more difficult to treat those problems at that point.” (more…)
Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the U.S, affecting an estimated 3 million Americans. Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve, which connects the eyeball to the brain. Over time, this optic nerve damage causes permanent vision loss or blindness.
Because the disease has no early signs or symptoms until vision loss begins, glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight.” Once the disease has advanced to the point that your vision is impaired, it’s usually too late to prevent or reverse vision loss. Glaucoma can affect anyone at any age, but those at the highest risk are people over age 40, people with a family history of glaucoma, and those with high eye pressure.
Many eye diseases have no early warning signs or symptoms, but a comprehensive eye exam can detect eye diseases in their early stages, before vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment of any eye disease is the key to preventing vision loss, and ophthalmologists are trained to evaluate your eyes to degrees that go well beyond whether or not you need glasses. (more…)