Identifying and Treating Eye Disease
There are many different diseases that affect the eye and vision. Detecting these diseases in their earliest stages gives patients the best chance at optimal treatment outcomes. Optometrists regularly screen for eye disease in their patients. Screenings can be part of a routine eye exam or they may be a diagnostic measure taken after your eye doctor has spoken with you and conducted an exam.
Early Detection Preserves Eyesight
Three relatively common eye diseases have distinct impacts on vision. These are:
- Glaucoma – This disease is characterized by high fluid pressure inside the eye itself. This pressure can gradually damage the optic nerve, which has the potential to lead to irreversible blindness. Glaucoma can run in families so anyone with this condition in their medical family history should talk with their optometrist about an optimal testing schedule.
- Diabetic retinopathy – Retinopathy occurs when blood or other fluid contaminate the retina. If this fluid leak occurs, the patient will experience blurred vision. While retinopathy can potentially affect anyone, people with diabetes are at particular risk for this condition and so may need to make time for annual testing.
- Macular degeneration – The macula is the central portion of the retina, which is a thin layer of tissue responsible for processing light into nerve signals for the brain. Blurred, distorted vision and blind spots near the center of the vision can signal the advancement of this condition. People over 60 are most likely to be affected by macular degeneration and a person’s risk of developing this condition increases with age.
Find a Solution for Your Eye Problems
Today’s technology gives people even more treatment options. Contact lenses are more comfortable and easier to wear than ever before. There’s no need to have poor vision or struggle with sight when you can find solutions from your optometrist. Early treatment ensures you will have the vision you need for everyday life.
Don’t Suffer With Eye Discomfort
No one should be uncomfortable because of eye problems. Get treatment when you call Primary Eye Care or contact us through our easy online form. We have solutions for all types of eye conditions to give you clear vision. Make annual eye exams part of your healthcare routine to ensure your eyes will last your lifetime.