In our world of modern medicine early detection and treatment has vastly improved our eye health. Thanks to regular health screenings and check ups doctors are able to monitor changes, even minor ones, effectively. This has helped detect, treat and in some cases cure countless eye diseases that could otherwise have caused permanent damage. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at a few rare eye diseases – let’s begin!
Rare Eye Diseases
- Aniridia – this rare eye condition is diagnosed at birth. And outlines a person that has either partial or a complete lack of an iris. With no, or a very partial iris the person affected will typically have impaired vision. As well as an extreme sensitivity to light.
- Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24) – this condition occurs in people who are completely blind. Unable to perceive any amount of light their “internal clocks” are unable to sync to the typical 24 hour day-night cycle. Resulting in daytime sleepiness and a general disruption to the typical rhythms of life.
- Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy – is a condition that is primarily found in men. It is classified as sudden vision loss typically during life as a young adult. This happens when a genetic code is mutated causing mitochondria. Because the eyes need a lot of energy when it fails to receive the needed energy the mitochondria experience failure which causes the retinal ganglion cells to die. This condition will often appear as blurred vision and can develop rapidly. The rate at which this disease develops varies from patient to patient.
When it comes to your eye health there is nothing better than scheduling regular visits with your eye doctor. Often times, early detection makes the difference between negative and long term damage. And prevention and prolonged health or even curing a condition. If you are experiencing changes to your eye health or are experiencing unusual symptoms contact your doctor today and schedule a check up!