Sight is universally considered our most valued sensory experience. Most people acknowledge that good vision is essential to function well in today’s world. But what exactly is ‘healthy vision’? A good place to start may be to describe what healthy vision is NOT in order to recognize the visual warning signs that should never be ignored.
Macular degeneration is a non-curable but highly treatable eye disease affecting mostly seniors over age sixty. Dry and wet versions of the disease target nerve cells in the retina and can destroy the clear central vision used for reading and detailed tasks. If you are concerned about macular degeneration, talk to your eye doctor about your risks during an annual comprehensive exam.
You may wonder why a yearly eye appointment typically lasts well over an hour. Remember that the goal is to not only measure your visual acuity for glasses or contacts, but to evaluate your complete eye health. There are lots of moving parts to your comprehensive ophthalmology visit. Your exam occurs in three distinct sections: technician testing, dilation, and exam with physician.
Vision changes from cataracts impact personal safety and wellbeing. The best time for surgery is when cataracts negatively impact quality of life, or glasses and contacts are no longer effective. On average, patients delay cataract surgery five years longer than necessary. That’s five years of needless struggle with limitations of poor vision.
Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss in older adults. If you are over age 60, it’s important to get a dilated eye exam every year. Today’s cataract surgery has many options; from traditional or laser-assisted procedures to multi-focal and astigmatism correcting replacement lenses.
Talk to your ophthalmologist about your expectations after cataract surgery in order to choose the most effective options for your lifestyle.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that destroy delicate optic nerve fibers responsible for transmitting visual signals to the brain.
The destruction typically occurs slowly which is why glaucoma can be so devastating. It is often only confirmed after significant damage to the optic nerve, causing permanent vision loss.