The Danger of Optic Neuritis

Not much is known about what causes Optic Neuritis, an inflammation of the optic nerve. It often flares up suddenly, usually in connection with an infection, virus or nerve disease. There is a strong connection between optic neuritis and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and often one of the early symptoms of MS is an optic neuritis flare up,

What are the Symptoms of Optic Neuritis?

Legally Blind vs Totally Blind. What is the Difference?

There are a number of ways to describe vision. 20/20 is the common way of describing optimum vision, although it is merely a term used to describe what the average person should be able to see at 20 feet. Visual impairment can be used to describe a number of conditions that keep you from having less than ideal vision. But what does Legally Blind mean? How does Legally Blind differ from Totally Blind?

What is the Definition of Legally Blind?

A Disease Called Uveitis

Your eye is red and swollen, it hurts, your vision is blurry and sensitive to light. You obviously have Pink Eye, right? Not necessarily. There are other conditions that may cause these symptoms. One of them is called Uveitis.

What is Uveitis?

The name Uveitis actually describes a number of diseases that cause inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. They can be either infectious or non-infectious. What they have in common is that they all destroy the tissues of the eye that supply blood to the retina. Damage to the retina can cause severe eye damage or even blindness.

June is Cataract Awareness Month

The month of June is Cataract Awareness Month. Most people have heard of cataracts, but what do you really know about them? Do you know what causes them? How to prevent them? Are you aware of the warning signs? The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) says that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in adults, and that more than 2.5 million Canadians have them, so it is a very good idea to learn as much about them as possible.

What are Cataracts?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

The Glaucoma Research Foundation has declared January to be Glaucoma Awareness Month. So exactly what is Glaucoma? Called the “sneak thief of sight” Glaucoma is considered one of the leading causes of blindness and comes on with virtually no early symptoms. It is the common name for a group of eye diseases that attacks the optic nerve and leads to permanent vision loss and blindness.

What are the Types of Glaucoma?

Currently, there are four known types of Glaucoma: