It is difficult to answer this as there are three distinct stages of the disease, essentially it boils down to;
- Early diagnosis no loss of vision
- Loss of vision in one eye but good vision in the other
- Loss of vision in both eyes
As a child albeit a middle aged child you may first hear about their problem at any of these stages. This depends on the parent they may casually inform you that their optometrist mentioned they had a bit of a problem, but not worth worrying about. Or it may be a major crisis as a problem they had been ‘managing’ has now got out of control.
For what ever reason it has driven you to this site so it needs addressing. The three stages need different approaches and you need to understand the underlying problems as well as the immediately obvious ones.
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