Cataracts are when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. The majority of cataracts are due to ‘normal’ age related changes but some cataracts can develop in younger patients due to systemic conditions such as diabetes. Other causes include topical steroid use, eye inflammation and excessive UV exposure. Cataracts can cause blurry, misty vision as well as light sensitivity and glare. Cataracts can affect your ability to carry out daily activities such as driving, watching TV and reading. They can occur in one or both eyes.
At Chase Meadow Opticians, your Optometrist will carry out a thorough eye examination to detect the presence of any cataracts and measure your visual acuities. If cataracts are relatively mild then stronger glasses may help for a while.
If the vision has reduced significantly you will be referred routinely for cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is the most common procedure carried out in the UK and has a high success rate in improving you vision.
Age related Macular degeneration is a common eye condition which affects the central part of your vision. It usually first affects people in their 50s and 60s and can occur in one or both eyes. . Your central vision can be become blurry or distorted. Straight lines may appear to be wavy or crooked. This can happen gradually over several years (dry AMD) or quickly over days or weeks (wet AMD). Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure and a family history of AMD.
It is vital that if you vision gets suddenly worse then you seek an emergency Optometrist appointment. Your Optometrist will take a high resolution retinal photo and perform a 3D scan of you retinae and maculars to assess your AMD. If wet AMD is suspected you will be referred within one day to the hospital eye service for treatment to help stop vision getting worse.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve which connects the eye to the brain becomes damaged. This is caused by excess fluid build-up in the front part of the eye, which increases the eye pressure. Visual symptoms include blurred peripheral vision or ‘blind spots’, which can daily activities such as driving. Glaucoma can gradually lead to permanent vision loss if it is not diagnosed and treated early. Glaucoma can occur at any age but is most common in adults over 70. Other risk factors include Genetics (more common I first degree relatives), diabetes and short sightedness. It can occur in one or both eyes.
Your Optometrist will perform a 3D scan of the optic disc and retina to check for any Glaucoma damage. Your intra-ocular pressures will also be precisely measured and your peripheral vision will be checked for any signs of Glaucoma.
If Glaucoma is detected then you will be referred to hospital for Glaucoma treatment which may include eye drops to reduce the pressure in your eyes, laser treatment to improve fluid drainage or reduce fluid production in your eyes and surgery to improve fluid outflow.
Clear vision is very important for a child’s overall development. Children normally have excellent eyesight. However, if eye problems are present, and they are not detected in good time, then a child may have permanently reduced vision throughout life. The earlier eye problems are picked up the better.
Some schools carry out vision screening between the ages of four and five but they are do not assess eye health. If you have any concerns about your child’s eyes, if there is a family history of needing strong glasses, or squint/lazy eye in the family, then do not wait for vision screening at school. Take your child to a local optometrist for an sight test who will perform a much more comprehensive examination.
Children do not have to be able to read or talk to have their eyes examined. It is possible to see whether a child has healthy eyes or needs glasses without asking them any questions. Eye examinations for children under 16 are paid for by the NHS.
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