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Common eye diseases

What is Cataract?

Cataract is where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy and your vision will gradually deteriorate. Cataract happens as part of the normal aging process of the eye and onset is usually from age 50 upwards. Glasses can sometimes help but the most effective treatment is a 20 minute hospital procedure to remove your lens and replace it with a new clear one.

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What are those moving things I sometimes see in front of my eyes?

Known as FLOATERS, these are shadowy dots or strands that look like flies in your eye. They can be seen at all ages but are more common as we get older and are little bits of debris in the eye. Usually floaters do not require any treatment – the “minds eye” will get used to them. You must, however, tell the optometrist if you see them so that it can be monitored to ensure there are no other associated problems.

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 What is Macular Degeneration?

Through wear and tear of the eye, the macula at the back of the eye begins to degenerate. The Macula is responsible for central vision (reading of books, driving, etc). This can cause blurry vision and you may notice that straight lines appear to be wavy. The “Wet” version of the disease can develop quickly and is generally considered to be more serious than what is known as “Dry” Macular degeneration. Glasses can sometimes help, but you may also need to be under the care of a doctor in the Hospital Eye Service.

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 What is Glaucoma?

This is when the pressure in the eyes is greater than the eye can handle, therefore causing damage to your peripheral vision; usually affects both eyes to varying degrees; if left untreated, Glaucoma can lead to blindness. If this is picked up at your regular eye examination, you will be referred to the care of a doctor in the Hospital Eye Service.

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 What is Migraine?

A migraine is like a very bad headache. It can be associated with temporary visual aura (anything from flashing lights, to blurry or tunnel vision). If you experience these visual symptoms, regular eye examinations are important as well as discussion with your GP on how to manage the migraine.

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 What is Dry Eye?

This is when the eyes can feel irritated and sore towards the end of the day. Dry Eye disease can as a result of fast evaporating tears or when the eye does not make enough tears. Dry eye is common as we get older, as a side effect of certain general health conditions and in patients who have lived in hot countries. Lubricating eye drops and maintaining eyelid hygiene will play a part in managing dry eyes.

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