COMMON EYE PROBLEMS
Myopia, or shortsightedness as it is commonly known, is an eye condition where you do not see distant objects clearly.
Hyperopia or longsightedness is an eye condition where you can see distant objects very well, but have difficulty seeing clearly up close.
Astigmatism is a common eye condition in which you have difficulty seeing clearly at both near and far distances.
Presbyopia, is the gradual reduction in flexibility of the lens of the eye with age and usually becomes noticeable between the ages of 40 and 50.
A Cataract occurs when the normally clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy, and is like looking through a dirty window. It is a leading cause of vision impairment.
Diabetic Retinopathy accounts for a significant proportion of vision impairment in Australia as a result of the increasing incidence of diabetes in Australia. Retinopathy occurs when the retinal blood vessels begin to leak. This can damage the nerve cells in the retina and if left untreated can cause irreversible vision loss. Regular eye examinations and OCT scans (speciality services) allow for early detection and more effective treatment.
Glaucoma is an irreversible optic nerve disease most commonly caused by a build up of pressure within the eye. It results in a gradual tunnel vision effect. As central vision is the last to be affected, glaucoma is often not noticed until it is quite advanced. Treatment usually involves the daily use of pressure lowering eye drops. People over 40 and those with a family history of glaucoma are at greatest risk. OCT nerve scans (speciality services), eye pressure tests and side vision assessment are used to detect this condition.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a condition affecting people later in life. It often runs in families and can lead to significant distortion/loss of central vision. It does not cause total blindness as peripheral sight is retained. More effective treatments are now available for some forms of this condition. Early diagnosis, best with OCT scan (speciality services) is crucial to the success of these treatments.