Vision is one of our most important assets. We use it to walk, eat, drink, play, and work, not to mention see our loved ones, watch movies, and read. Much of what is beautiful in the world can only be seen through our eyes, and we use them more than we know. Therefore, one of the biggest concerns to our health and vision are eye diseases that negatively affect our vision. If you are wondering about just a few of the types of diseases or conditions that negatively affect your vision, here are just a few of them.
One of the most common eye conditions is nearsightedness or myopia. This is an eye condition where faraway objects appear blurry, but can be treated easily, through glasses, contacts, or laser eye surgery. Most often this condition is due to genetics, therefore, if your parents have nearsightedness, you are likely to have it as well.
Farsightedness is the opposite of nearsightedness in that you can see things far away, but close-up vision is blurry. This is referred to as hyperopia and only affects 5 to 10 percent of people. Often, this condition happens as you age and is fairly easy to diagnose and treat.
Cataracts are also a common condition that happens with age, and is the clouding of a normally clear lens of the eye. Usually this condition occurs with too much time in the sun, smoking, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, steroid medications, hormone replacement therapy, or taking statins.
Night blindness is another type of vision impairment that makes it difficult to see in the dark. If you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or cataracts, you may experience night blindness.