Wednesday, August 22, 2007
AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION(AMD) : A disease that affects your macula and destroys your sharp, central vision. You need central vision to see objects clearly and to do daily activities such as reading and driving. Macula is a small area of your retina that has the sharpest vision. Scientists believe macula helps protect retina from harmful blue light. As you age, macula degenerates causing poor eyesight.
CATARACT: Caused by clumping of protein in the lens of your eye. Over time, the cataract grows larger blocking your vision.
GLAUCOMA: Happens when fluid pressure inside your eyes slowly increase, damaging your optic nerve.
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY: Happens when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels near your retina.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
:Excessive sun exposure
:Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Heart disease
:Age above 40
WHAT ARE THE EARLY SIGNS?
:Need more light for reading.
:Problems adjusting from dark to light conditions
:Straight line becomes waxy
:Hard to recognize faces unless they are very close
:Dark spot in center of vision