Have you ever wondered what it is like to look through eyes with macular degeneration or cataracts?

Various eye conditions pose a variety of vision difficulties through a range of severity. Look through the image below to see what it is like to suffer from the most common eye problems. Simply hover over the image and slide back and forth.

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CATARACT: The natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy, producing blurred vision, and fading of colors (especially blue). Common over age 60, but removed only if vision warrants it. The choices in technology and lenses are greater than ever before.

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GLAUCOMA: Damage to the optic nerve, caused by increased fluid pressure within the eye. Initial symptoms are loss of side vision, and occasionally pain and halos around lights. Treated with eyedrops, laser treatment, and sometimes surgery.

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NEARSIGHTEDNESS (MYOPIA): Near objects are clear while far objects are blurred. Correctible with glasses, contact lenses, or cataract or refractive surgery, such as LASIK. 

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FARSIGHTEDNESS (HYPEROPIA): Far objects are usually clear. Near objects are often blurred, depending on age and amount of farsightedness. Correctible with glasses, contact lenses in many cases, or cataract or refractive surgery, such as LASIK. 

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ASTIGMATISM: Objects appear distorted. Vision is poor at near and far. Correctible with glasses, contact lenses, or cataract or refractive surgery, such as LASIK. 

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MACULAR DEGENERATION: Loss of central vision due to a deterioration of the small central vision area of the retina, called the macula. A fast progressing form is treatable with laser, but this is not effective against the more common slow developing type.

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FLOATERS: Visible clumps of material within the vitreous which appear to move with eye movement. In most cases harmless but occasionally associated with impending retinal detachment.

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RETINAL DETACHMENT: A black curtain obscures a part of the side or central vision corresponding to the portion of the retina that is detached. An emergency that usually requires immediate surgery by an eye surgeon.

Please contact your insurance provider to see if your procedure is covered.