5 Serious Eye Diseases: Are You At Risk For One Of These?



In love, the eyes may be the window to the soul; but in the medical world, they’re a gateway to your health.

“The eyes are a vital organ which can affect activities of daily living and quality of life,” says Ravi D. Goel, MD, an ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Surgical Network in Cherry Hill, NJ. Think about it: A medical disease—or unexpected trauma—impacting your peepers can impact how well you drive, walk, work…and do just about anything.

Of course, some diseases like macular degeneration are serious; other conditions, like conjunctivitis are simply annoying. So what do you need to know about the issues that could be facing your eyes? Allow experts from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to explain.