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Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or MAC, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans over the age of 55.

MAC is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Because the macula primarily is affected in MAC, it is the central vision which is most often lost.

Symptoms may include

  • Blurry or fuzzy vision.
  • Difficulty recognizing familiar faces.
  • Straight lines appear wavy.
  • A dark, empty area or blind spot appears in the center of vision.
  • Loss of central vision, which is necessary for driving, reading, recognizing faces and performing close-up work.

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Vision With Macular Degeneration

Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in the world and a growing epidemic in our country.

Diabetic Retinopathy affects more than 30% of all diabetics and often shows no signs or symptoms. Early detection is the most effective way to maintain your vision with diabetic retinopathy.  People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to go blind.  Hispanics and African-

Americans with diabetes are at an even higher risk — almost 50 percent more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.

Symptoms may include

  • Spots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaters)
  • Blurred vision
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Dark or empty areas in your vision
  • Vision loss
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Vision With Diabetic Retinopathy

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil making driving, golfing, boating and daily activities difficult.

The lens inside the eye works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. It also adjusts the eye’s focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away.

Symptoms may include

  • Your vision is cloudy or blurry
  • Colors look faded
  • You can’t see well at night
  • Lamps, sunlight, or headlights seem too bright
  • You see a halo around lights
  • You see double (this can sometimes goes away as the cataract gets bigger)
  • You have to change the prescription for your glasses often
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Vision With Cataracts

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in individuals over the age of 60, and is extremely common with people who are diabetic. There is an increased intraocular pressure which causes tunnel vision, and if not addressed with proper glaucoma treatment, will lead to blindness. There are no early warning signs of glaucoma. Yearly visits to the best ophthalmologist near you for eye exams will ensure healthy vision, no vision loss as well as keeping you up to date on the well-being of your eye.

Symptoms may include

  • Eye pain or pressure.
  • Headaches.
  • Rainbow-colored halos around lights.
  • Low vision, blurred vision, narrowed vision (tunnel vision) or blind spots.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Red eyes.
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Vision With Glaucoma

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic Macular Edema also known as DME is a condition that can affect people with either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. An individual with consistently high blood sugar will have damage to small blood vessels in the body and in the eyes. Left untreated can cause blurry or wavy vision near or in the center of your field of vision.

Symptoms may include

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Sudden increase in eye floaters
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Vision With A Macular Edema

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If you are diabetic, ophthalmologists recommend that you have a comprehensive Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Exam once a year. Our comprehensive eye exam will cover much more than just your basic walmart vision exam.

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Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetes has significant effects on your eye health, and will speed up the development of other eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and many other eye diseases. This is why you have diabetes, you need to see an ophthalmologist, who is able to diagnose you in the early stages and start treatment immediately if necessary.

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Diabetic Eye Exams

If you are diabetic, ophthalmologists recommend that you have a comprehensive Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Exam once a year. Our comprehensive eye exam will cover much more than just your basic walmart vision exam.

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