Prevent Vision Loss
It’s been said that prevention is the best medicine, and we couldn’t agree more! Aging and certain medical conditions can affect your vision. The good news is that seeing your eye doctor for annual eye exams can help slow down or even prevent vision loss. Below are some common conditions and how your annual eye exam can help:
- Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve and is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Glaucoma is painless and often shows no symptoms, so a comprehensive, dilated eye exam, not just an eye pressure test, is needed to diagnose it. Once vision loss occurs from glaucoma, it cannot be corrected so early detection and treatment are key in preventing vision loss.
- Diabetic Retinopathy is caused when blood vessels in the eye are damaged from the body’s improper storage of sugar. All diabetics need to have an annual, dilated eye exam so your eye doctor can diagnose and treat diabetic retinopathy early before vision loss occurs.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is where the central part of your retina, called the macula, breaks down causing central vision loss. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over the age of 65. Taking care of your body by exercising, eating right, and not smoking has shown to be beneficial for AMD patients. By keeping up with your annual eye exams, your eye doctor can detect AMD in its early stages and provide treatment to help prevent or slow down any vision loss.
- Dry Eye is a disease resulting from the eyes either producing poor quality tears or not producing enough tears. Early diagnosis and treatment of dry eye will allow your eye doctor to treat this disease more effectively which will not only help you feel and see better, but will also keep your eyes from getting progressively worse.
August is National Eye Exam Month, making this the perfect time to contact us at Ludwick Eye Center to schedule your annual eye exam. Remember … prevention is the best medicine!
~The Ludwick Eye Center Team