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March 6, 2021
Did you know that certain eye conditions can affect the way you see the world? For instance, cataracts, astigmatism, macular degeneration, and glaucoma all impact the way you see the world in different ways.
In this article, we will explore the differences between these four eye problems.
Astigmatism is an imperfection in the curvature of the eye that causes vision to be blurred or somewhat distorted at all ranges. It can also cause glare when attempting to drive at night.
Depending on the severity of astigmatism, images can also look doubled.
Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process and result in a thickening of the lens inside the eye. Since it is generally a slow process that occurs over many years, vision changes from cataracts may not be noticeable until the cataracts are fairly progressed.
Vision will become more blurred, and it can often feel as though you’re looking through a dirty or fogged window. Cataracts can also cause a yellowing of colors or they can make colors appear duller than they actually are.
Macular degeneration is another progressive eye disease that occurs when part of the retina wears down. There are two main types of macular degeneration: wet and dry. This disease is typically found in people over the age of 50.
Macular degeneration impacts the central vision. While the peripheral vision remains clear, there is often a blurred or missing spot in the middle of your vision.
Glaucoma is also a progressive disease caused by high eye pressure which damages the optic nerve. There are different types of glaucoma, and while it is generally found in older patients, it can be present at birth.
Vision changes from glaucoma start in the periphery and gradually encroach toward the center, similar to tunnel vision. As the disease progresses, your field of vision gets smaller and smaller until it finally disappears altogether.
If you notice any changes in your vision, you should visit your eye doctor as soon as possible. It’s important for you to regularly visit your eye doctor so that they can screen your eyes for various diseases.
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