Nearly 80 percent of all vision problems are treatable. Unfortunately, many individuals only schedule eye appointments after they notice a change in their vision. By the time a person notices loss of visual acuity, they could have already lost more than 40 percent of their sight. Our eye examinations check for vision loss, visual acuity, color detection, depth perception and glaucoma. We also check for common eye diseases, including glaucoma, AMD, cataracts and age related vision loss.
Asymptomatic Eye Diseases
Most eye diseases are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show symptoms until they are very advanced. Particularly devastating eye diseases include AMD, Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Once an eye disease start destroying vision, there is nothing that can be done to bring that vision back. However, if they are caught early, vision loss can be slowed or even eliminated.
Vision Monitoring over Time with our Optometrist
As individuals age, their vision decreases. This is especially true for people over the age of 40. Scheduling yearly eye examination allows our optometrist to monitor your vision and make note of small changes. If you wear glasses or contacts, a yearly examination ensures that your prescription is up to date so that you can see as clearly as possible.
Sometimes the reason individuals experience vision loss due to diseases that are not of the eye. Common illnesses that cause vision loss include diabetes and high blood pressure. Both of these chronic illnesses can damage the blood vessels and nerves in the eye. Unfortunately for most people, they do not realize they are sick until our eye doctor examines their eyes and finds damage. This usually results in our eye doctor writing a prescription for corrective lenses and recommending that the individual follow up with their primary health care provider so that the condition does not worsen.
Have you scheduled your yearly eye examination this summer?