Common Eye Issues

Common eye problems

Common eye problems world-wide

Eye health forms an important part of your overall health. It’s best if you don’t neglect any discomfort or pain in the eye. Most of the eye diseases do not have early symptoms, they are mostly painless and do not change the vision. However, it could lead to vision loss if left untreated. The best way to protect your vision is to get regular eye tests done. Some of the common eye diseases are described below.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is one of the most common eye issue causing impaired vision world wide. It occurs when the natural eye lens becomes dim or hazy and the focus of light on the retina (the sensory layer) gets hindered, hence blocking clear vision. The degree of cataract increases with the advancing years. Cataract can be treated with a straightforward surgery, with a success rate of 95%. 

Contact Gala Optical Centre in Galashiels for an eye examination.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve causing vision loss. It is associated with abnormal high pressure in the eye. Most often its a slow process and becomes noticeable only after damage, but at times it can occur suddenly. This can be extremely painful and demands emergency treatment. It is recommended to get your eyes examined regularly as glaucoma cannot be repaired once the damage is done.  

Regular eye examination is important if your are above 40 and if you have a family history of glaucoma.

what is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a disease of the retina usually occurring in the later part of life. It is usually associated with problems involving circulation. There are two types of macular degeneration – wet and dry. The wet condition is a result of fluid accumulation appearing as a dark disc hindering the vision whereas, in the dry condition there is a breakdown or thinning of the layer of retinal pigment epithelial cells. There is no treatment for macular degeneration, but it can be controlled by taking antioxidant and diet supplement pills containing lutein.
For expert advice on your eye conditions, call Gala Optical Centre in Galashiels on 01896 757 965
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