Risk Factors for Eye Diseases

Risk Factors for Eye Diseases
Certain eye diseases are more prevalent in individuals with certain risk factors. AMD is more prevalent in Caucasian women over the age of 60, while Glaucoma is most prevalent in individuals over the age of 60 and in African and Mexican Americans.

  • Family History of Eye Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Over the Age of 40
  • Smoking
  • Underlying Health Conditions

Benefits of Regular Eye Care
The only way to diagnose certain eye diseases in a timely manner is by scheduling regular eye care examinations. Many eye diseases do not have any symptoms until significant vision is lost. Glaucoma is known as the silent eye disease because the internal pressure of the eye builds up slowly, causing damage to the optic nerve.

Diabetes can cause sudden changes in vision and even blindness because high levels of sugar in the blood can cause the small blood vessels in the eye to break and bleed. High blood pressure can also damage the small veins in the eye, leading to severe vision loss and blindness. Even something as seemingly simple as dry eye can have damaging effects on your vision, causing pain, irritation, blurry vision and light sensitivity. If dry eye is left untreated, it can cause scarring of the cornea.

If you have cataracts, scheduling regular eye examinations allows us to monitor the severity and recommend treatment in a timely manner before all vision is lost.

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