The 5 Most Common Problems Eye Doctors Encounter
As a leading Epping eye doctor, Northern Eye Centre has helped countless individuals with their eye conditions. Vision impairment affects so many of us, and we’ve treated many different conditions. However, there are a few that are very common occurrences and something that we want to highlight. If you believe you are suffering from one of these conditions or are affected in any way by their symptoms, please get in touch with our clinic.
Cataracts are caused by the clouding of the lens in your eye. They typically occur in older patients and often cause minimal impairment. However, as time passes, the cataract can grow denser, clouding more and more of your lens, ultimately leading to a total lack of vision. Cataract surgery is one of the most successful operations you can have and can help regain your vision to what it was many years ago. If you’ve noticed gradual dimming of your vision, making driving or reading difficult, then it may be time to consider making an appointment with our doctors for a general eye check.
- Diabetic Retinopathy
This condition is brought on by both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, affecting the small blood vessels at the back of the eye. The troubling part of this issue is that there are often no symptoms in the early stages, later patients typically report hazy, blurred or distorted vision and ultimately blindness. Early detection is crucial to allow prompt treatment with eye injections that can restore vision. If you have diabetes, you should have an eye check at least once every two years, as well as if your vision changes.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration occurs when the back of your eye (the macula) is damaged and as the name suggests, is more common in older patients. However, family history of the disease can dramatically increase your chance of having the condition. Macular degeneration can affect both eyes, impacting the central part of your vision and can result in legal blindness. Prompt intervention with eye injections can stop the condition and prevent blindness. If you’ve noticed recent distortion and blurred vision, then it is important to seek professional advice without delay. We are happy to provide eye checks at short notice at our Epping clinic.
- Retinal Vein Occlusion
One of the more common retinal vascular disorders, retinal vein occlusions occur due to an obstruction of venous outflow from the eye, with two main forms depending on the size and location of the blockage: central retinal vein occlusion and branch retinal vein occlusion. Symptoms for both include blurred vision, along with a reduced field of vision due to macular edema (a build-up of fluid in the centre of the retina). Vision can be improved with eye injections and laser treatment.
Glaucoma is characterised by the slow damage of the optic nerve at the back of the eye due to elevated eye pressure. It does not cause any symptoms until the very late stages of the disease and if left untreated it will eventually cause total blindness. Glaucoma therefore is often called “silent blindness”. Affecting more than one in seven Australians, the most common form of glaucoma is chronic open-angle glaucoma, which thankfully has slow progress and can be stopped by treatment with eye drops or laser treatment. It is most important that those over the age of forty are tested for glaucoma at least once every three years (if not sooner). This condition is irreversible once damage has taken place, meaning it is critical to identify the condition as quickly as possible.
Northern Eye Clinic – Epping Eye Doctors
Don’t let this article bother you, our ophthalmologist Dr Saf Bassili has over 25 years’ experience and can help identify and treat these conditions and many more. For all your vision needs, contact our friendly staff today.