Common Eye Conditions
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window.
How can you prevent cataracts from getting worse?
- Have regular eye exams.
- Watch your blood sugars if you have diabetes.
- Stop smoking.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Wear sunglasses.
Age related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in Europe. Our eye test will screen for this condition and our Optometrists will give advice on how to limit your chances of developing it.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that if detected early can be successfully treated. Our advice is:
- Get regular eye examinations. Regular comprehensive eye exams can help detect glaucoma in its early stages, before significant damage occurs.
- Know your family’s eye health history. Glaucoma tends to run in families.
Floaters are commonly reported by people especially if they look at a blank wall or a blue sky.
They can appear as black spots in the vision. Most of the time they are harmless however there are some conditions that can be the cause such as a retinal tear or break. If you notice any new or persistent floaters in your vision you should get it checked with our Opticians.
Many people don’t know that diabetes can affect their eyesight. It is important that anyone who is diabetic should have their eye health checked every year or sooner if there are any signs of diabetic retinopathy.