The best way to maintain healthy vision and prevent eye disease is by scheduling an eye exam every year. Eye exams provide more than just a revised prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses. They offer a window into your overall health!
Eye Exams Help Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision required for activities such as reading, sewing and driving. Because AMD develops slowly and without pain, it can often go unnoticed.
Low vision is one of the first symptoms of AMD. It is a condition that occurs when you have lost a certain amount of eyesight, and it becomes difficult or impossible to complete normal tasks. Not all low vision is caused by AMD, but an eye exam can help determine the source of low vision. Sometimes, low vision can be improved with corrective lenses, medication or surgery.
Eye Exams Offer Early Eye Disease Detection
Several eye diseases, including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no warning signs in the early stages and require an eye exam for early intervention. Both of these conditions can cause permanent vision loss, but sight can be preserved if they are diagnosed in a timely manner. Seeing your eye doctor on a regular basis can protect your vision and independence.
Make an Appointment with Your Ophthalmologist
Preventative vision care can help keep your eyesight clear for years to come. If it has been a year or more since your last eye check-up, call your ophthalmologist. To find a board-certified eye doctor in your area, use our Physician Locator tool.