Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, in part because too many people still don’t know much about it. Many who thought of glaucoma as an old person’s disease were surprised to be diagnosed with it in their mid-30s and 40s. Although certain factors like age and heredity can increase your chances of developing glaucoma, the fact is, glaucoma can affect anyone, anywhere and at any age. The majority of glaucoma patients don’t experience any symptoms before irreversible harm has been done, which is why regular glaucoma screenings are vitally important.
If you’ve noticed that you’re experiencing an unusual amount of eyestrain, headaches, squinting or blurred and distorted vision at all distances, you may have astigmatism, which is an imperfection in the curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens. If you have this condition, you were probably born with it. Whether your astigmatism is mild or not so mild, it will require some form of medical correction for clear vision. Fortunately, most forms of regular astigmatism blurriness are easily correctable.
Getting older is something most of us don’t want to address. Not only does your body begin to slowly betray you, but often times, other things start to go as well – like your eye sight. New research has suggested that in addition to age-related presbyopia, an eye problem that makes it difficult to see things up close, the condition might be spurred on faster by an object you use every day – your smartphone.
You’ve probably heard the word “retina,” but may not know the importance of its function – or what a big deal it is when your retina becomes detached. Famously, Theodore Roosevelt suffered a detached retina after sparring in the White House with John L. Sullivan, the boxing champ. He eventually lost sight in his eye due to the injury. Now that you know a detached retina is nothing to take lightly, let’s talk about what a retina does and what to do if you’ve recently suffered an injury.