Alternate Names : Changes in Vision
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment is directed at the cause. Medicines are often
used to control diabetes or glaucoma. Retinal detachment, cataracts,
some types of glaucoma, and brain tumors can be treated with surgery.
Eye infections may need to be treated with antibiotics. Nearsightedness
is usually treated with glasses or contact lenses.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Side effects depend on the treatments used. All medicines may
have side effects. For example, those used to control
diabetes may cause liver damage or allergic reactions.
Surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, or loss of vision. Contact
lenses may irritate the eyes or result in eye infections.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Treatment varies according to the cause of the vision
change. After a person gets glasses, no further
treatment may be needed aside from periodic checkups. People who have
diabetes or glaucoma usually need
close monitoring and treatment for life. Macular degeneration often
causes vision to get worse over time, so treatment may change.
How is the condition monitored?
The doctor should be told about any changes
in vision or the responses to treatments. Repeat eye exams are
advised for many causes of vision changes. Children with a lazy eye
may need close monitoring along with surgery, special glasses, or a
patch over one eye.