A Few Common Causes of Impaired Vision

A Few Common Causes of Impaired Vision

While corrective glasses and contact lenses can help address many conditions that lead to diminished vision, there are some causes that can’t exactly be corrected. The degree to which certain conditions can impair your vision depends on several different factors, and some people may be more predisposed to developing them than others. Today, we take a look at a few of the most common ones, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and glaucoma.


AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, describes the blurring and loss of your central (straight ahead) vision due to damage to the sensitive macula of your eye’s retina. Through customized rehabilitation, you may be able to slow the progression of AMD and preserve your vision for longer. While there is currently no direct cure for AMD, some healthy lifestyle changes (such as an improved diet and regular exercise) have been shown to help slow it down.


Along with age-related macular degeneration, cataracts are another common problem that can impair your vision as you age. The condition describes the clouding of your eye lens, which makes it difficult or impossible for light to pass through it properly. Your vision will grow increasingly blurry and the impairment may be accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light, poor night vision, and flashes of lights and colors across your field of vision. While cataracts may not always be preventable, they can often be corrected through minimally invasive eye surgery to replace the clouded eye lens.


Glaucoma doesn’t directly affect your retina or your lens, but rather the optic nerves at the back of your eyes. It develops from pressure along the nerves, usually due to a fluid buildup. There are several different specific types of glaucoma, each of which can lead to steadily decreased vision quality. Studies provide hope that vision loss from glaucoma may one be restored, but currently, the only recourse is to slow its progression through yearly eye examinations and personalized treatment.

Preserve your vision with routine eye exams

There are several different potential causes of impaired vision, but you have a better chance of preserving yours by maintaining a regular schedule of eye exams. For more information, or to schedule an eye exam with us, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.

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