About Sight Loss
We understand how frightening and frustrating sight loss can be, not only the individual, but also for their family and friends. Below we have added some information about the most common eye conditions we see at Beacon Vision.
Cataracts create a misty appearance to vision and the feeling of looking through fog. The condition impacts on colour contrast and detailed tasks. Techniques to maintain independence include positioning of light and managing glare levels.
Glaucoma can effect people of all ages but is most common for those in their 70s and 80s. It is often symptomless in the early stages but can affect the edge of someone’s vision. It’s not possible to reverse any loss of vision that occurred before glaucoma was diagnosed, but treatment can help stop your vision getting any worse.
Macular Degeneration can cause central vision loss in both eyes, effecting reading and the ability to recognise faces. The severity oif the condition is divided into early, intermediate, and late types. The late type is additionally divided into “dry” and “wet” forms with the dry form making up 90% of cases.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
AMD is the leading cause of blindeness in those 65 and older, making reading, writing and being able to recognise faces more difficult.
Retinitis Pigmentosa also known as RP is a group of eye conditions that are genetic and affect the peripheral vison and night vision.
Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)
CBS causes people who have lost some sight to see things that aren’t actually there, also known as hallucinating. It is only caused through sight loss and isn’t a sign of mental health problems.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, which is caused by high blood sugar levels, damaging the back of the eye (Retina).
Dry Eye is a common condition which is caused by your tears which are not able to provide adequate lubrication. Tears keep your eyes healthy and help you focus.
Sight Loss Support
Discover support from Beacon and other organisations that can help your live well with sight loss.