Want to hear something really scary? Forty percent of people at high risk for eye disease did not have an eye exam last year! That includes adults with diabetes, those with existing vision and eye problems, and seniors age 65 and older. That amounts to nearly 93 million adults in the US, or about 4 in 10.
What just happened to my vision (?) Presbyopia did. Although it’s never fun to realize we’re getting older, it can be comforting to know that presbyopia will affect nearly everyone as they reach their 40s and beyond. Whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have always had crystal clear vision, presbyopia won’t discriminate. It’s simply a part of the aging process, much like gray hair or laugh lines.
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.
The truth is, there can be many explanations for your blurry vision. From refractive errors to dry eye or even the beginnings of eye disease, many conditions start out with similar symptoms. Learn more about why your vision might be changing and the importance of seeing your eye doctor.
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.
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.
Changes in the eye’s blood vessels may signal an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke or aneurysm. If your eye doctor sees any of these signs during a dilated eye exam, it could be literally life-saving!
September is Healthy Aging Month and a great time to see your eye doctor.
Think of your annual ophthalmology visit as a primary care check-up for your eyes. The tests given during a complete exam help identify chronic conditions that may be impacting your vision, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Damage seen to blood vessels at the back of the eye can signal changes that need to be addressed.