Preventing Vision Loss Through Diet: Blind To The Value Of Nutrition

2009-03-04 | |
Last updated: 2009-03-04

Vision loss is one of the most traumatizing forms of disability especially in cases where loss of vision is rapid. However, those with long-term degradation of vision also suffer but in different ways due to the ongoing life changes that take place as certain daily activities become more difficult or are no longer possible at all. With our vision being the most prominent of our senses, such a degradation or loss of the sense can have profound effects on our quality of life.

This makes it all the more important to take what steps we can to prevent vision loss, especially if we know we are at risk.

How Many People Are Affected By Vision Loss And What Treatments Are Available?

Whether it be as a result of cataracts, glaucoma or a form of macular degeneration, patients with such conditions face ongoing uncertainty and isolation. Globally, according to 2002 statistics, approximately 1 in 40 people is visually impaired and 1 in 167 is blind. While the numbers in Europe and the Americas are better with 1 in 55 being visually impaired and only 1 in 339 being blind, vision loss still affects a significant number of people. For those who are affected, vision loss represents a significant disability.

For those with access to appropriate medical treatment, cataract surgery can restore sight through the replacement of the clouded lens of the eye. Glaucoma, an increase in fluid pressure in the eye, is also treatable either with beta-blocker eye drops or surgery. Macular degeneration, a largely genetic condition, is now partially treatable with eye injections, although this would seem to be a rather painful option. For each of these conditions, the success of treatment requires identifying the condition early.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Symptom Information

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