The Unfortunate Reality of Vision Loss
A staggering 30% of people over the age of 65 have some form of vision loss caused by ocular disease. Even with advances in medicine & eye surgery, people still suffer from permanent and irreparable vision loss.
Vision Loss Caused by Ocular Disease
Ocular diseases affect different sections of the retina, which result in different forms of vision loss.
- Macular degeneration causes central vision loss while leaving peripheral vision intact.
- Glaucoma causes a loss of peripheral vision.
- Diabetic retinopathy causes a loss of vision in the form of spots or floaters.
In general, vision loss through eye disease is often permanent, and without addressing the disease proactively, the vision loss could continue to worsen leading to vision impairment (the ability to see poorly with reduced acuity) to blindness that is beyond correction.
Preventing Vision Loss Starts with Monitoring Your Health
For most patients who visit an optometrist for their annual eye exam, they have a better chance at detecting an ocular disease in its initial stages. However, not every eye clinic will perform the necessary diagnostic testing to locate signs of ocular disease.
For example, people under the age of 40 are assumed to have stable, healthy eyes. Therefore, additional, advanced medical testing may be set aside or postponed for years later.
In reality, however, eye disease has no age discrimination. While people under the age of 40 are at a lower risk for developing eye disease, there are certain signs and medical conditions that indicate the need to start taking precautionary measures early, such as visiting an eye doctor who specializes in detecting early signs of disease.
Optometric practices like Eye Doctor’s Office & Eye Gallery, on the other hand, utilize their modern technology for every patient in order to verify their patient’s visual health with the greatest level of accuracy. This approach not only allows our eye doctors to capture signs of ocular disease at their earliest stage, but we’ve detected potential eye threatening conditions in younger patients, as well, that would have otherwise been left undiagnosed.
Early detection becomes increasingly important for patients who have any of the following:
- Decreased night vision
- Vision takes longer to adapt when going from a bright environment into a dark environment.
- A family history of macular degeneration.
- High blood pressure
- A family history of diabetes or other chronic systemic conditions
- A family history of glaucoma
- Lots of stress (ex: demanding job, an eye-hazardous occupation.)
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid problems
- Anxiety or depression
- Using certain medications
While patients with any of the above factors will be at a higher risk of ocular disease, a family history of ocular disease can increase your risks by multiple times over. People with close family members who have glaucoma are 4x to 9x likely to develop glaucoma compared to the rest of the population.
Make the next step to better eye health that will last a lifetime by scheduling an eye exam at Eye Doctor’s Office & Eye Gallery, today.