Struggling to see what’s right in front of you? Vision becoming a little blurry? Do you find that text just seems to get smaller and smaller and smaller? Our eyes are our gateway to the world, but over time—as with anything biological—they’ll begin to lose their effectiveness. Defined by a loss of clarity in your central field of vision—not so much the periphery—age-related macular generation (AMD) mainly affects the over 50’s. Whilst older adults are the most affected, it’s still the most common cause of legal blindness in Australia. Although there’s no cure for AMD, there are treatment options aimed at preserving vision for as long as possible. That’s where ophthalmologists—or eye surgeons as they’re commonly known—come in. In visiting a professional eye surgeon for macular degeneration, they’ll undertake testing of your eyes and provide treatment and ongoing preventative care. Ophthalmologists also help with other ocular concerns; providing a
range of examinations, diagnoses, treatments and procedures aimed at improving or prolonging patients’ vision. So what are other concerns that patients typically see an ophthalmologist for? Glaucoma, Strabismus Muscle Disorder, Lacrimal Sac Infections, Nasolacrimal Duct blockages, eyelid tumours, Diabetic Retinopathy, Pterygium, Keratoconus…the list goes on. Because our eyes are incredibly complex bits of kit, there’s 101 things that can go wrong. Whilst you may not be familiar with many of the aforementioned conditions, you probably will know about cataracts. It’s not currently understood what causes cataracts to form, but they do have something to do with chemical changes inside our eyes—the result? Cloudy lenses. Luckily, cataracts can often be counteracted with microincisional surgery. Another of the many treatments eye surgeons can provide. So, if you have any concerns about macular degeneration, cataracts or any other ocular-related issues, reach out to your local eye surgeon or optometrist in Newcastle today!