Are there cures for visual impairments?


For some visual impairments there are cures and for others there are just treatments to help manage the symptoms. Cataracts, for instance, can be cured by simple surgery and today, most retinal detachments can be treated and cured as well. Presbyopia, which makes it difficult for you to see close-up objects clearly, may be cured with surgery, but more typically it is treated with glasses. Nearsightedness, or myopia, can be corrected with glasses or surgery. Macular degeneration, on the other hand, can be slowed but not cured.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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