Age-Related Eye Diseases at a Glance

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As Knights of the Blind, Lions are committed to raising awareness about vision health – teaching communities about how to keep eyes healthy and vision changes that can occur with age. Many age-related eye diseases and conditions are treatable or even preventable.

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) gradually destroys the macula, or the part of the eye needed for seeing objects clearly. Early signs of dry AMD include blurred vision and yellow deposits under the retina found during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Early symptoms of wet AMD include seeing straight lines that appear crooked.
  • Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that causes loss of vision. Symptoms include cloudy or blurred vision, seeing colors not as bright as usual, or light from the sun or lamps appearing too bright.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease (DED) is a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataract. All people with diabetes are at risk. Early detection, timely treatment and follow-up care can reduce the risk of vision loss or blindness by up to 90 percent.
  • Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve in the eye. At first, there are no symptoms or pain, but as the disease progresses, it may become difficult to see objects to the side.
  • Dry Eye occurs when the eye doesn’t properly produce tears, or tears evaporate too quickly. Symptoms include stinging or burning of the eye, pain and redness, heavy eyelids and the inability to cry.
  • Low Vision is a visual impairment that is not corrected by standard eyeglasses, contacts, medication or surgery. Those at risk include adults with eye diseases such as AMD, cataract, glaucoma and DED.

Does your club plan sight projects and activities that helps raise awareness about vision health? Stay informed, teach others and fight blindness!

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