Chronic Conditions that Can Affect Your Vision

Some 12 million people aged 40 and over in the US have impaired vision, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And this number is rapidly increasing, due to increasing epidemics of chronic diseases. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to protect your eyes from suffering the severe consequences of these conditions — including seeing your optometrist regularly.

At Classic Vision Care, we’re here to serve your needs with a full-service optometry center at both of our locations in Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia. Read on to learn about some of the chronic conditions we diagnose and treat. 

All types of glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage your optic nerve. All types of glaucoma, including primary and secondary forms, can cause gradual loss of vision. This vision loss typically starts in your peripheral, or side, vision. Glaucoma can also cause:

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration is a chronic condition that affects the part of the retina called the macula. Because the macula is responsible for sharp vision, macular degeneration causes vision problems that worsen over time. While it doesn’t cause any symptoms at first, over time you may notice:

Chronic eyelid inflammation

Medically known as blepharitis, chronic inflammation of your eyelids can cause bothersome symptoms that impact your daily life. Anterior blepharitis affects your outer front eyelids at the roots of your eyelashes. Posterior blepharitis causes your inner eyelids to swell. Blepharitis symptoms may include:

Diabetic Retinopathy

Many people associate diabetes with blood sugar issues only, but the chronic disease that impacts the way your body uses or produces insulin can affect your eye health and vision, too. Diabetic retinopathy, a potential complication of diabetes, affects blood vessels in your retinas. If you have diabetes, seeing your eye doctor regular is as important as managing your blood sugar through a healthy lifestyle and medication. Diabetec retinopathy symptoms may include:

While there are no known cures for these chronic conditions that affect your vision, proper treatment can help slow the progression and reduce their impact on your eye health and daily life. Learn much more by calling us or making an appointment right on our website today. 

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