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5 Most Common Eye Problems

eye care center 300×200A lot of people often overlook the early signs of sight impairment in the hopes that their vision will miraculously rectify itself. Sadly, the chances of this happening are quite slim. Early eye problem diagnosis followed by dependable treatment can help improve or even preserve your vision.

Here is a look at five of the most commonly-diagnosed eye conditions:

  1. Cataracts
    Cataracts are formed when the eye’s lens gets clouded to the point seeing becomes almost impossible. What many people do not realize is that cataracts won’t go away by themselves; and if not taken care of, they’ll continue to get worse. The only treatment for cataracts is eye surgery. Fusion Eye Care recommends LenSx laser-assisted surgery to most of our patients. The good thing about laser surgery is that its recovery time is generally faster, with most patients reporting better vision even before they’ve left the recovery room.
  1. Diabetic Retinopathy
    Retinopathy is the most common eye disease amongst people with diabetes and occurs when high levels of blood sugar damage the blood vessels in and around the retina. At early stages, these vessels leak fluids within the eye. After some time, the growth of abnormal blood vessels on the retina lead to swelling and eventually scar tissues, something that may lead to the retina detaching. The result, a severe and irreversible loss of vision. As such, it is important for diabetic people to have their eyes examined annually, and these tests should include retinopathy screenings.
  1. Macular Degeneration
    The macula is the part of a retina that allows us to see fine details and can degrade with age. When this happens, anything from hazy to total loss of central vision is possible. Once you have age-related macular degeneration, there is very little that can be done to improve your vision. However, if caught early enough, it can be slowed. It is, therefore, vital that you get your eyes checked regularly as you age.
  1. Refractive Errors
    As the light passes through the lens and cornea, it’s bent/refracted to form the different things we see. If this refraction becomes skewed, then vision suffers. Refractive errors are part of the reasons why people wear contacts or glasses to correct sight issues like astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. Getting the right prescription lenses to treat refractive errors requires advice from a licensed and professional optician. For the best optical solutions, then we are the people to approach. The optical department at Fusion Eye Care is one of the best in North Carolina.
  1. Glaucoma
    Within our eyes is a liquid known as aqueous humor that has to be maintained at a specific amount of pressure. Pressure caused by glaucoma may damage the optic nerve, whose main work is to transmit images from our eyes to our brains. Sadly, glaucoma symptoms are not that easily detectable in its initial stages. By the time these symptoms are noticeable, usually evidenced by blind spots in one’s peripheral vision, the damage done is quite severe. Medicated prescription eye drops are the most common treatment option available.

If you feel you are currently suffering from dry eyes, we recommend you see our dry eye treatment page. And as always, for the best solutions when it comes to your vision and eye health, get in touch with the courteous staff at Fusion Eye Care now. With four offices conveniently located within the state, our services are available to a majority of the residents of North Carolina. Contact us today, and schedule an appointment today.