The Aging Special Senses
TeNee DurrA&P 1 AP2535
Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the major nerve of the eye called the optic nerve CITATION Fra13 \l 1033 (Lusby, 2013). This part of the CNS carries visual information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma occurs when there is blockage preventing the aqueous humor fluid to flow causing pressure and causing damage to the optic nerve CITATION Fra13 \l 1033 (Lusby, 2013). Glaucoma depending on the type you have is usually treated by eye drops, laser, pills, or IV CITATION Fra13 \l 1033 (Lusby, 2013). The effects of glaucoma on everyday life are pretty hard with decreased vision. With glaucoma you are unable to enjoy watching television, reading, and writing. This can cause depression in some people, but with treatment it can help people cope. Detached Retina is a separation of the light sensitive membranes in the back of the eye from its supporting layers. This usually happens when there is a tear or hole in the retina causing aqueous humor to leak through therefore causing the retina to separate from the underlying tissues. Also it can occur in people who have uncontrolled diabetes, had retinal surgery, or have chronic inflammation. Retinal detachment is usually cured by surgery. People with this problem usually have limited sight so therefore they are unable to drive, they need help around the house, and when you have limited sight and use to being independent this can be very depressing but simple things like wear special glasses, brightening your home, and talking to others with similar issues can help. Ataxia is the lack of muscle control during voluntary muscle movements, such as walking, or picking up objects CITATION May14 \l 1033 (Staff, 2014). Ataxia can affect movement, speech, eye movement, and swallowing. Damage, degeneration or loss of nerve cells in the cerebellum causes Ataxia CITATION May14 \l 1033 (Staff, 2014). There is no treatment...
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