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Cataracts are caused by clouding of the crystalline lens in the eye. The lens is made of water and proteins. Over time, the protein may clump together, forming a cloudy area. The area continues to grow, until it begins to obstruct the vision. Looking through a cloudy lens is like trying to see through a frosty or fogged-up window.

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Diabetes is the most frequent cause of new blindness in 20-74 year-olds. There are approximately 21 million diabetics in the U.S. with 8 million having some form of diabetic retinopathy. Of those 8 million, 700,000 have serious retinal disease. There will be 65,000 new cases of proliferative diabetic retinopathy each year with 24,000 new cases of blindness.

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Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common problems treated by eye care professionals. This is because the symptoms can cause blurred vision and irritation. This can lead to decreased ability to perform common activities that require your visual attention, including reading, using a computer, or driving.

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Glaucoma is a disease that causes loss of vision by damaging the optic nerve, the part of the eye that delivers the images you see to the brain. It is the second leading cause of blindness according to the World Health Organization. Over 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and it causes blindness in over 100,000 people annually. Because it can strike without warning or symptoms, it is often called the Sneak Thief of Sight.

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Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years old. As many as 13 million people in the U.S. have some form of the disease with approximately 1.7 million having some sort of visual impairment. About 30% of people over the age of 75 have ARMD and another 23% will develop it within 5 years. Each year more than 200,000 people develop the wet form of ARMD.

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