Do you think you have 20/20 vision? That’s great! No need to visit the eye doctor then, right? Wrong! One of the best things you can do for yourself is to visit the eye clinic regularly to be checked for degenerative conditions that threaten your healthy eyes.
At each checkup, your eye doctor tests both the internal eye and the external eye for anomalies. The most common eye diseases and conditions start without noticeable symptoms, so many people don’t make an appointment until it’s too late. It’s been estimated that half of all vision impairment cases could have been prevented through the early detection.
The Eye of the Beholder
By far, cataracts affect more Americans than any other eye condition. In fact, cataracts begin developing around age 40 when you notice that you can no longer see up close. You may begin to experience some glare when driving at night or need more light to read around the age of 50. Cataracts are easily treated with cataract surgery when they are detected early, usually after the age of 50.
Macular degeneration—the deterioration of the retina—is a disease can be caught through regular testing. According to the Macular Degeneration Association, the best way to postpone or prevent vision loss is to get routine examination and early diagnosis by your ophthalmologist. They state, “The earlier you treat it, the better chance that treatment will help.”
Other diseases that your doctor can screen for are late-stage glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Most people don’t make an appointment until symptoms appear, and people can have these diseases for a long time before they’re aware of a problem. Regular checkups can detect these invisible disorders early and slow their progression. While lost vision can’t be reversed, blindness from these diseases can often be prevented with early treatment.
Eye on Your Health
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adults over the age of 45 need a checkup every two to four years. By far, the most common reason cited for not visiting the eye doctor is that people are simply not having eye problems. On closer inspection, many of these same people are in the early-to-mid stages of one of these conditions.
Sight for Sore Eyes
Your eyes are not the only beneficiaries of regular exams. When a doctor examines your eyes, she has a rare look into the tiny blood vessels that other doctors can’t inspect. This can alert the doctor to some chronic diseases, including hypertension, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Woodhams Eye Clinic has invested in the best technology, and early detection is your main priority. In the past, the most common causes for visual impairment would eventually cause blindness. Today, because of technology and regular checkups, you can circumvent the ugly realities of these diseases. In some cases, the treatment may give you clearer vision than you had before.
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