What are the symptoms of Cataracts?

Cataracts are painless and usually cause a gradual worsening of sight. The main symptoms are:

1. Blurring: Your vision may become misty or blurry so that you cannot see details at a distance, or your glasses seem scratched and dirty.

2. Dazzled by lights: You may find that you have poor vision in bright light, suffer from glare, and that bright lights such as car headlights are more blinding than usual.

3. Double vision: You may start to notice double vision for either close or distance objects. Changes in colour vision: You may notice that colours appear faded or washed out. We recommend that you have an eye test every two years.

What is ‘night blindness’?

Night blindness, is a medical condition that affects a person’s vision little to no light. In addition to having difficulty seeing at night, a person with night blindness may have difficulty seeing when moving from a brightly lit area to one that is dimly lit. As a result, individuals with night blindness generally experience difficulty driving at night or in the evening. It maybe that you require a small prescription to improve your vision in dark conditions. Poor nutrition, specifically a deficiency in vitamin A, can also cause night blindness although other causes such as cataracts or a problem with the retina can also contribute. If you think you may be suffering from this condition, an eye test at kwale eye centre may help to discover the root cause of it and suggest some measures to minimize or correct the effects.

What is diabetic eye disease?

It is a group of eye conditions that can affect people with diabetes.

  • Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.
  • Diabetic macular edema (DME). A consequence of diabetic retinopathy, DME is swelling in an area of the retina called the macula

There’s a history of glaucoma in my family. Am I at risk of developing this disease?

YES! you may be more at risk, so get an annual eye check for you and all your family members.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye conditions where the optic nerve is damaged, it is often associated with high glaucoma pressure in the eye.

What are the symptoms of Glaucoma?

Chronic glaucoma often has no symptoms and the eye may seem normal. This isn’t painful and at first your vision may be unaffected. This is why a regular eye check up even if you think your eyes are normal can save your sight.


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