Vision is something that the seeing world takes for granted, but imagine if you were born without the ability to see this world in all of its vibrancy and brilliance?
Or perhaps worse yet, imagine being born with the ability to see all of the colours and magnificence, but having that ability slowly leave you. Vision is one of the five basics senses and arguably one of the most important, helping us to navigate the world around us, recognize loved ones, and perceive space. In the United States alone, it is estimated that upwards of 3 million people suffer from macular degeneration. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have had cataracts. Between 2005 and 2008, 4.2 million people with diabetes suffered diabetic retinopathy caused some or all vision loss, and diabetes itself is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults ages 24-70. Vision is something we need to discuss.This month, we will be discussing a common eye ailments –macular degeneration – its causes, its prevention, and what you can do to stop its progression!
- changes in pigmentation
- dramatic changes in vision test results (ie. Going from 20/20 to 20/100)
- shadows or areas of missing vision
- difficulty telling the differences between colours
- lack of contrast
- difficulty recovering vision after changes in light and dark
- family history/genetics (there is a test for this that can be taken through your optometrist)
- heart disease
- chronic inflammation
- smoking (this can increase your risk two to three times that of a non-smoker!)
That concludes our discussion of macular degeneration!