Changes to vision can occur for several reasons including aging. Some minor changes to vision include sensitivity to light and blurry vision. To most, these are generally harmless conditions that can be temporary. For others, these changes could indicate a more serious underlying vision problem.
Research has indicated that blurry vision and light sensitivity could reveal a retinal disease that can contribute to complete vision loss overtime if undetected or untreated.
Retinal disease can go undiagnosed because they do not cause pain and the unaffected eye will compensate for the affected eye.
The most common retinal diseases include age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema.
Rajvardhan Azad, president of the All India Collegium of Ophthalmology, explained, “The common symptoms of retinal disorders like AMD include blurred or distorted vision, dark spots in central vision, or straight lines appearing wavy. These diseases often go underdiagnosed as they get noticed only when profound loss of eyesight occurs or the patient closes one eye. It is, therefore, imperative to understand the symptoms and seek expert advice as early diagnosis can help prevent loss of vision.”
In order to prevent vision as best as possible, it’s important that retinal diseases are caught early on because treatment is ineffective when vision loss occurs.
If you notice any change in your vision, regardless how minor they are, you should see a specialist to ensure nothing serious goes unnoticed and to reduce your risk of permanent vision loss later on.
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