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    Prima Medical Center Saigon, Cataract, Eye Diseases, Glaucoma, Retina

    Four Causes of Blindness in the Elderly

    12 September, 2023

    Every 5 seconds, an elderly person goes blind in the world. An estimated 314 million people are blind and have low vision; Vietnam has about 2 million. Please share information about eye diseases that cause blindness in the elderly below that can be prevented or treated promptly, quickly, and cheaply.

    Prima Saigon: Four Causes of Blindness in the Elderly

    Prima Saigon: Four Causes of Blindness in the Elderly

    1. Cataract (Dry Cataract)

    Manifestations: Blurred distance vision, but still able to see up close. The near vision is blurred when the bead is ripe; only the hand’s shadow is seen before the eyes. The disease is painless and is particularly sensitive to light.
    Treatment: The most common cause of blindness today, Phaco cataract surgery is the only treatment method.

    2. Glaucoma Glaucoma (Glazing)

    Manifestations: Acute glaucoma has symptoms of severe pain, redness, blurred vision, colored rings, sometimes headache, and vomiting. Chronic glaucoma is not painful but only fades; the field of vision in front of the eye is narrowed.

    Treatment: Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, with no cure. The disease SHOULD BE EARLY Detected through screening to slow the progression of the disease.

    3. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    Expression: When looking at an object, it needs to be clarified; the image is distorted while the surrounding area is still visible, or when looking at a board with squares, the squares will be distorted. The disease is also painless and progresses gradually, becoming increasingly blurred.

    Treatment: There is still no cure, but it can be controlled to prevent the disease from progressing. By building a scientific diet and living activities, protecting eyes from UV rays, stopping smoking, reducing stress…

    4. Retinal Pigmentation (# Night blindness)

    Manifestations: At dusk or night, blurred vision (night blindness), inability to distinguish colors, narrowing of the frontal field of vision like when looking through a circular tube, when the eye nerve is severe, atrophy causes permanent blindness.

    Treatment: Similar to AMD, night blindness does not have a specific cure. Patients should be proactive in prevention with nutrition and eye protection.

    Our Ophthalmology  Team

    Prima Saigon is one of the prestigious eye hospitals in Vietnam, recognized by the US embassy in Vietnam.

    If you need an eye assessment, please have a visit to Prima Medical Center Saigon

    • Address: 27 Ky Dong St, District 3, HCMC
    • Websitehttps://primahealth.vn/en/
    • Business Hours: 07:30 – 17:00 from Monday – Saturday
    • HOTLINE: 0919-209-039 or 1900 – 9115

    Prima Saigon recommends that clients should reserve their intended consultation at least three days before their visit for convenience and less waiting time.