Ernest’s Journey with Glaucoma
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) collects and shares stories from patients whose lives have been positively impacted by proper eye care and treatment. A recent story that really touched our hearts was about a 91-year-old hiker named Ernest. His vision problems included difficulty seeing while reading and driving, and began impacting this favorite hobby – hiking. Since his symptoms were common with aging, Ernest chose not to have his eyes checked by a professional.
Once his vision had significantly deteriorated, Ernest sought help. He was diagnosed with glaucoma and had extensive damage to his vision. While he could have experienced a total loss of vision, the surgery saved the vision he had left and got Ernest back on his favorite hiking trails.
Ernest’s story is all too common, but it doesn’t have to be. Seeing your eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam and eye pressure check will help with early detection of glaucoma and other conditions. As Ernest said, “If I’d have listened, I would have … been diagnosed much earlier, but I was foolish and didn’t do it.” In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages everyone to get a comprehensive baseline eye exam by age 40 and follow the recommendation of your physician for follow ups. When detected early, your physician can explain treatment options to help preserve your vision.
Contact us to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our highly trained physicians to ensure you keep climbing mountains (or whatever you love to do) for many years to come.
~The Ludwick Eye Center Team