Signs Of Sight Loss
We can all agree that sight is one of the top senses we rely on in our day-to-day lives. When it begins to fail, it can affect every aspect of our lives. Because the staff at NewVision Eyecare of Sammamish understands the importance of good vision, we wanted to educate you regarding the causes and symptoms of sight loss.
Causes of Sight Loss
Sight loss can develop slowly or rapidly, with little warning. It can involve both eyes, one eye, or only the partial field of vision. While those over the age of 65 have a 1 in 4 chance of experiencing vision loss, no one is immune to these common causes:
Macular degeneration - Common in patients over 55, MD comes from the deterioration of macula in the center of the retina.
Diabetic retinopathy - Stemming from complications due to diabetes, this occurs when blood vessels in the retina burst and bleed into the eye.
Cataracts - Occurs when the lens becomes cloudy and typically starts in the central vision, extending outward from there.
Glaucoma - Occurs when fluid builds, increasing pressure behind the eye.
Signs of Sight Loss
While most causes of sight loss are treatable, it’s important that it’s caught early. In fact, the National Eye Institute indicates 90% of diabetes-related vision loss can be prevented through early detection.
If you are experiencing any of the following, make an optometry appointment today:
- Blurred vision
- Dark Spots
- Double images, flashes of light, or “spider webs”
- Light sensitivity
- Feeling of "cup filling up with ink"
- Peripheral vision affected
- The appearance of white areas in the pupil
Everyone’s body reacts differently to trauma and the signs of vision loss can vary from one day to the next. Routine eye exams are critical for early detection and treatment, ensuring your vision can ensure early detection and treatment.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Sammamish Optometrist Today
Whether you’re experiencing these symptoms or simply need new corrective lenses NewVision Eyecare of Sammamish is here to serve you. Call (425) 392-2196 or schedule your optometry appointment online today.