Untreated eye diseases can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness. Many eye diseases don’t show symptoms in their early stages, and by the time you notice that your vision is changing, you may have already suffered significant and irreversible vision loss. That is why early detection is key.
The only way to detect eye diseases in their early stages is by undergoing a comprehensive eye exam. Regular eye exams let your eye doctor identify and track subtle changes in your vision and eye health, which makes it possible for them to detect and treat eye diseases early on.
When was the last time you had an eye exam? Don’t put your vision at risk.
According to the American Optometric Association age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age of 50. By 2050 as many as 88 million Americans are projected to suffer from AMD.
AMD occurs when the macula, the part of your retina that is responsible for color perception and detailed vision, deteriorates over time. As this condition worsens, your central vision is slowly lost.
For more information about AMD, please visit the American Optometric Association’s website or speak to your eye doctor.
Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as “pink eye”, is a condition that occurs when the thin, clear layer (the conjunctiva) that covers the white of our eyes becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes the blood vessels in our eyes to dilate, making our eyes red and bloodshot.
Conjunctivitis has three main forms:
If you suspect you have conjunctivitis, you should make an appointment to see your eye doctor as soon as possible, to determine if your condition requires treatment or is contagious. You should also avoid wearing contact lenses until your conjunctivitis has cleared.
Cataracts occur when the proteins in our natural lenses become opaque over time, clouding our vision. Cataracts occur naturally as part of the aging process.
Cataract symptoms include:
Almost all of us will develop cataracts as we age, but factors such as UV exposure, smoking, and alcohol consumption can increase our chances of developing cataracts sooner than usual.
Depending on how severe your cataracts are, your eye doctor will recommend different courses of action. Minor cataracts can be worked around by using more light while reading or wearing eyeglasses with an anti-glare coating.
However, if your cataracts are significantly impacting your vision or preventing you from going about your daily routine, you may benefit from cataract surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing and replacing your cloudy lens with an artificial lens and can significantly improve your vision.
Glaucoma is the loss of peripheral vision resulting from damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for relaying visual information from our eyes to our brain. Though most cases of glaucoma occur when the pressure inside our eye is too high, it can also occur even when our eye pressure is normal.
Glaucoma does not typically have any symptoms in its early stages, making it a particularly dangerous eye disease. By the time you begin to notice vision problems, you may have already experienced irreversible vision loss.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Glaucoma is preventable and treatable, but only if it is detected early and this can only be done during an eye exam. That is why all comprehensive eye exams at The Village Eye Care include glaucoma testing.
Most eye diseases are preventable, but early detection is key. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Don’t wait.
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