YOUR EYES ARE YOUR WINDOWS TO THE WORLD
Visiting your optometrist annually for eye exams is important, no matter your age. Eye exams can detect early signs of ocular problems, at which point they can be easier to treat or manage. For those that have existing ocular issues, routine exams allow your optometrist to monitor any changes that may have taken place since your last visit. Your eye health is very important to your overall health.
Common Eye Diseases
"Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over 50." Caucasians are at higher risk of developing AMD and women develop it at an earlier age than men, in some cases. This disorder occurs when there have been changes to the macula. The macula is the small area of the retina located on the back layer of the eye. Once the macula is damaged, the person's central vision may become blurred. AMD can cause every day tasks to be difficult to accomplish due to vision impairment. The positive news is, it almost never causes loss of peripheral/side vision.
Glaucoma is the second -leading cause of blindness in the United States. It is an eye disorder that can cause severe damage to the optic nerve, ultimately resulting in loss of vision. Primary open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma, this form gradually develops and often times develops with little to no symptoms. Most people do not even realize they have the disorder until they suffer from significant loss of vision, because POAG initially affects a person's peripheral vision but, left untreated, it could potentially cause loss of central vision and blindness in both eyes. Glaucoma can be controlled by medications and surgery.