A cataract is an opacification or clouding that develops in the normally clear lens of the eye. This prevents the lens from properly focusing light on the retina at the back of the eye, resulting in a loss of vision. Cataracts are most often found in persons over the age of 55, but they are also occasionally found in younger people, including newborns.
Diabetes & Your Eyes
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin or the body is unable to process it properly. Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of their disease. All diabetic eye diseases can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.
Glaucoma has been called a “thief in the night” because it can creep up and steal vision with minimal signs or symptoms. It is preventable, yet remains one of the leading reasons for blindness in North America. Glaucoma is a disease of high eye pressure. Glaucoma most frequently occurs after age 40 but can occur at any age.