3 Most Common Eye Diseases – Treatments, Causes and SymptomsThe 3 most common eye diseases are cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. These diseases are all attributed to aging and symptoms might start to show with baby boomers. Presented here are information about the symptoms, causes and treatment for people who are suffering from these diseases.

 “Eyes may not be a window to the soul, as poets have claimed, but eyesight is certainly a window on the world. As boomers age, however, millions of them will struggle with some kind of eye disease. Over age 40, an estimated 25 million people have cataracts and more than 2.5 million have glaucoma; more than 2 million men and women over age 50 have age-related macular degeneration.

 Cataracts are a price that many of us pay for growing older. Light normally passes through the eye’s clear lens to the retina, the light-sensitive area at the back of the eye. Sometime after age 40, small clumps of protein can form in the lens and cause it to become cloudy — and the loss of vision cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. This clouding is called a cataract.” (Read more)

 “Macular degeneration, the macula, a tiny area near the center of the light-sensitive retina, helps produce sharp close-up vision, enabling you to read fine print, recognize faces and sew on a button. Progressive damage to the macula knocks out central vision, although side vision remains clear. After age 50, the condition is called age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Glaucoma, your risk for glaucoma goes up if you are over 45; have a family history of glaucoma; are nearsighted or farsighted; are African American or Hispanic; have diabetes, migraines or low blood pressure.

 Some researchers no longer think of glaucoma solely as an eye disease, but rather as a neurological disorder associated with nerve cells in the brain that degenerate and die, similar to what happens in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.” (Read more)

 

 

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