Our vision is important to our everyday life and, unfortunately, it’s something that’s very hard to regain once lost. That’s why it is essential to recognize and treat eye disorders early on, before irreversible damage occurs. Glaucoma is an eye disorder that affects about 2.2 million people in the United States. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, this number is expected to increase to 3.3 million by 2020. But because few know how to recognize it, about half of those who have it do not even know.
When we consider vision and how we see and interpret the world around us, we rarely consider how our eyes function as a resource to our brain. How exactly are our eyes capable of sending those electrical pulses to the brain so we can understand and interpret what we are seeing?
The retina plays a big role in that. This blog will tackle what the retina is, how it helps us see, and common vision problems that can arise from the retina.
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness in patients over age 65 in the United States. It is estimated that, during the next five years, over one million Americans will go on to central blindness from macular degeneration.