Whether you are looking forward to snowy landscapes, brilliant lights or children’s holiday programs this season, there are many wonderful sights to enjoy. Your holiday calendar may already be filled with family gatherings, weekend getaways or bucket-list trips with loved ones. Before you make your to-do list for decorating, shopping, baking or traveling, make a commitment to schedule a comprehensive eye exam this holiday season.
Over 75 percent of disease-related vision loss is preventable through proper screening and treatment. Unfortunately, many Americans do not prioritize annual eye exams, leaving their vision susceptible to chronic conditions. Eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy can develop slowly over the years, and you may not even notice vision changes until the disease has advanced.
One of the most common age-related eye conditions is the development of cataracts. It is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. This condition affects one in six Americans over 40 and over half of all Americans over 70. Chances are that you may have a developing cataract right now and do not even know it!
Because cataracts grow so gradually, you may be unaware that a cataract is impairing your vision. Gradually, those with cataracts struggle to see in lower lighting conditions and may even avoid driving at night. Eventually, the eyes become sensitive to glare, and colors start to appear muted and faded. The good news is that cataracts are treatable with surgery, and it is an outpatient procedure that you can schedule at a local ambulatory surgery center.
A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect a developing cataract or a disease like glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. If you require treatment for an eye condition or disease, your doctor can provide customized options to meet your unique vision needs. In this season of gift-giving, do not neglect giving yourself the gift of healthy vision. Make an appointment today for a comprehensive eye exam so you don’t miss a moment of the holiday magic. Those sweet faces of your family members might look clearer, and those holiday lights may have an extra twinkle this year because you had your eyes examined.