May is Healthy Vision Month! It’s time to make your vision a priority in your overall health. Vision impairment becomes more common as we age. If you have a health history of Diabetes, high blood pressure, or an autoimmune disorder, you have a higher risk of ocular changes. Diabetic changes can occur in your eyes without any symptoms, so it’s important to be checked annually for this. Learn more about a Diabetic eye exam or contact us.
Many ocular conditions can be treated, so the earlier they are detected the better. This includes cataracts, Glaucoma, Diabetic retinopathy, and Macular Degeneration. Other forms of vision loss, such as refractive errors (nearsighted or farsighted), can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.
Any sudden changes in your eyes or vision warrant an immediate appointment. More serious complications may have occurred and need to be brought to the attention of your eye care provider. This may be something as small as a new floater or flash of light that started over the weekend to a sudden complete loss of vision in one eye.
Other changes that may have happened slowly still need to be seen, but not as urgently. This may include a change in your prescription or chronic dry eyes.
We’ve discussed vision changes that happen when we age, but it’s also important for school aged children to be seen annually, especially if they are growing and their vision keeps changing. Up to 80% of the learning a child does in school is through their eyes! And while vision screenings in school can detect some children who need glasses, it misses at least 50% of other vision problems.
Remember, your eyes are important to your health! If you haven’t been seen by an ophthalmologist or optometrist in a while, do your eyes a favor and make an appointment.
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