Posts Tagged ‘loss of vision’


          Retinal detachment will affect about one out of 10,000 people each year in the United States.  The retina is a thin layer of light-sensitive nerve fibers and cells that covers the inside and back of the eyeball.  For us to see, light must pass through the lens of the eye and focus on the retina.  The retina then acts like a camera, taking a picture and Read more…

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          Glaucoma is optic nerve damage that leads to progressive, irreversible loss of vision.  It is often, but not always, associated with increased eye pressure. The optic nerve is the main nerve to the eye (located in the back of the eye) that is responsible for transmitting electrical impulses to the brain.  Damage usually occurs as a result of elevated pressure of the fluid (aqueous humor) in the eye. This damage results in Read more…

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          As nurses and caregivers, we want to provide any measure for a patient that we can in order to improve the quality of life.  As patients and those that have loved ones with any disease, we want a simple understanding of what is going on with our health.  Four years ago, my mother was diagnosed with macular degeneration.  I studied things with Read more…

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          A transient ischemic attack, called a TIA for short, is often a warning signal of an impending stroke.  Pieces of fat or blood clots can block an artery leading to the brain.  When this happens, a part of the brain does not get enough oxygen and the symptoms of a TIA appear.  With a TIA, the artery is only blocked for a short time.  However, the Science Daily just reported 5 days ago (February 24, 2010), that nearly 4 in 10 transient ischemic attack and Read more…

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