One of the best parts about the holidays is the bright lights and vivid colors to accompany the festive music and traditions of the season. Although all the senses are awakened at this time of year, the sights of the holidays are the most treasured. Whether it is the soft glow of candlelight at a religious service or a tacky light home tour in town, we rely on our sight to set the mood of any holiday happening.
Imagine, though, if gossamer glows were blurred by halos or crisp colors were muted into a haze. The joy and wonder of the event would certainly be diminished. Cataracts can make clear vision cloudy and cause a halo effect around lit objects. Glaucoma can go undiagnosed until permanent damage has been done to the eye so that vision loss is irreversible. Macular degeneration can blur central vision and gradually weaken eyesight.
A comprehensive eye exam accomplishes more than just determining whether you are nearsighted or farsighted. It can diagnose astigmatism, focusing problems, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed-eyes). An eye exam can also diagnose eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy as well as other seemingly nonrelated issues such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
If your doctor determines that you need treatment for an eye condition, your treatment can begin right away. At least 75 percent of disease-related vision loss could be prevented through proper screening and treatment. Not all vision loss is irreversible, though. In the case of cataracts, you can schedule cataract surgery to remove the cataracts and your vision will be restored.
Take the time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for you and someone you love this holiday. Getting a regular eye exam before the winter season begins will help ensure that you don’t miss a moment of the seasonal beauty. Take care of your vision so that you can enjoy clear vision all year long and not just at this most wonderful time of year!