Even though few people have heard of it, macular degeneration is surprisingly common and is rapidly becoming a leading cause of vision loss in people over age 50. People diagnosed with macular degeneration suffer from deterioration of the central retina (the macula): This is the area of the retina which gives us the ability to see “20/20”. When the macula does not function properly, the central vision can be become distorted, blurry and/or dark.
One of the most unfortunate side effects of being diabetic is the high potential for vision loss. That’s why regular eye exams from the well-equipped, experienced team at Northside Vision is so crucial.
When you choose Northside Vision for your laser eye surgery consultation, Dr Fairborn will walk you through the two most important steps: The first is making sure you are a good candidate for this eye surgery (So, for instance, you don’t have any pre-existing health conditions that might complicate the procedure). Our second step will be to help you feel confident in your decision by discussing relevant facts, benefits, alternatives, and potential risks associated with refractive surgery.
World-wide, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness: One study indicates more than 51% of blindness is caused by the gradual hardening and clouding of the eye’s lens. In all healthy eyes, the lens behind your pupil gradually deteriorates over time.
Known as the “silent thief of sight”, Glaucoma is the world’s second leading cause of blindness (behind cataracts). Because any vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, early detection and treatment are your best tools to defeat this silent thief.