What Are The Most Common Eye Diseases? - R. Woodfall Opticians of London
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What Are The Most Common Eye Diseases?

As you age, eye diseases become a lot more common. As many common eye diseases are age-related. In this blog post, we will be discussing the most common types of eye diseases, their symptoms, and how they are treated. If you think you have an eye condition, then it’s very important to visit your local optician where you can have your symptoms checked out. 

Looking after your eyes as you age is vital to their health. Remember to always protect your eyes from the sun, digital screens, and incorporate nutritious food into your diet. If you do all these things as well as regularly visit your local optician, then you may improve your eye health and may even help prevent the development of certain eye conditions. 

With that being said, let’s delve into the most common eye diseases.

1. Cataracts 

Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see. This happens largely due to age. Cataracts are one of the most common eye diseases, with an estimated 30% of people over the age of 65 having at least one. There is also a chance that you can develop cataracts in both eyes too. 

Luckily, there is a surgery that those with cataracts can have. The risks are minimal, and the surgery helps the patient see much more clearly after they have recovered. 

2. Glaucoma  

This eye disease occurs when there is damage done to the optic nerve. The cause of this is usually when there is too much intraocular pressure within the eye. The main symptom of this is blurred vision and seeing rings in your vision, headaches, and tenderness near your eyes. 

Glaucoma is often age-related, and there are other factors such as family history and ethnicity that can play a part in its development. 

3. Age-related macular degeneration 

AMD for short, age-related macular degeneration is an eye disease that involves your central vision becoming blurred. The macular is responsible for your central vision (your ability to see clearly straight ahead), so when the macular becomes damaged, it can result in your vision becoming blurred and dark spots appearing.

AMD is largely due to age, however, smoking, family history, and being overweight could all contribute to the cause of this eye condition.


Here at R Woodfall, our teams of professional opticians in our practices can help diagnose and catch any eye conditions you may have. With advanced technology, our opticians can examine your symptoms and check for any potential problems. If you’re experiencing any symptoms or simply want a check up, do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d be happy to help.