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The cornea is the outer layer of the eye. This part of the eye is composed of fluid, protein, and cells. It helps focus light on the retina and protects the iris and lens as well. The most interesting fact about a cornea is that it is quite stiff even though it may look fragile. However, this does not mean it is not susceptible to damage.
You should talk to your doctor about the risks versus the benefits of cataract surgery. If you have reservations about undergoing cataract surgery, Cataract surgeries are performed by a specialist and are typically short, safe, and uneventful. They usually take about ten minutes to perform.
This is an eye condition that usually affects people in their 50s or older. The condition causes problems with an individual’s central vision. Patients experience blurry vision as a result of macula thinning. The macula is responsible for vision in the direct line of sight. The peripheral vision usually remains unaffected.
Dry eye is a common vision problem that is estimated to affect millions of Americans of all ages and lifestyles. Many people will find that their dry eye is mildly irritating, but if they suffer regular or severe episodes, the condition can be quite debilitating and start to affect their quality of life.
LASIK or laser in-situ keratomileusis is the most popular elective surgical procedure in the world. This surgery is performed with the intention of correcting the vision of people who are near-sighted, farsighted, or who have astigmatism. These are all refractive eye errors, which means that they occur as a result of problems with the way that light is refracted by the eyes.
Getting older changes our face in many different ways. One of the areas that are most affected is the very thin skin around the eyes. As our natural production of collagen and elastin slows down, and cellular changes caused by sun damage and pollution increase, the skin around the eyes can start to become looser. This can result in some sagging, particularly around the upper eyelids, where gravity also starts to affect the way that skin sits against the face. In some cases, this sagging is severe enough to start to obscure your vision. It can also make you look tired and older than you really are. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to deal with this cosmetic issue thanks to upper blepharoplasty.
Glaucoma. You’ve probably heard of it, but how much do you really know about this condition? Many people are surprised to learn that glaucoma isn’t a single eye disease, but rather the name was given to a group of eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending messages between the eyes and brain. One of the key defining characteristics of glaucoma is excessive intraocular pressure, which is usually responsible for the damage to the optic nerve.
Macular degeneration, which is sometimes called age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is one of the most common eye conditions affecting adults, affecting an estimated 11 million people. It is also one of the leading causes of vision loss in Americans over the age of 60 and any vision loss as a result of macular degeneration is unfortunately irreversible.