In order to see clearly, I must wear corrective lens. Surgery could correct my astigmatism and do away with my need for glasses, but I have chosen not to undergo the laser beam at this point in time. It’s good to know the surgical treatment option is available and it’s also good to know that vision loss is not necessarily a part of getting older. A regular eye exam allows your optometrist or ophthalmologist to keep tabs on long-standing eye problems and catch any developing ones in their early stages and prescribe a treatment that will (hopefully) minimize vision loss. These are some common eye problems that if caught in their early stages can usually be successfully treated.
This is an age-related vision disorder that is caused by the cumulative effect of such things as sun exposure and smoking. Genetics also plays a big role in a person developing macular degenerations, if one or more of your parents or grandparents developed this vision loss problem, your risk of developing it is increased. Laser surgery is used to treat macular degeneration and halt its progression.
Glaucoma is a buildup of fluid inside the eye which can press on the optic nerve and irreversibly damage it and cause blindness. That’s the worst case scenario. When glaucoma is caught in its early stages, it can be treated with eye drops, ointment or oral medications. If fluid continues to buildup in the eye, surgery will be needed to drain the fluid and save the vision.
Regular eye exams are essential for catching this vision-robber since glaucoma presents with no early warning signs and symptoms typically don’t show up until vision has already been compromised.
Cloudy, impaired vision as we age is usually caused by cataracts and it’s the most common eye problem. Definitive causes of cataracts are unknown, but if caught early the eye problem is treatable without surgery. Glasses, sun glasses, avoidance of sun and smoke can sometimes halt the progression of cataracts, if not, eye surgery is the treatment option.
The vision impairment with which I was born, is an irregular curvature of the cornea. Astigmatism causes me to have blurry vision at times, above normal eye fatigue when reading or writing and I squint a lot. Corrective lens is my treatment option of choice, but laser surgery is available too.
Even if you have 20/20 vision now, the odds are high that you will develop an eye problem at some point in your life. To reduce the odds and help keep your eyes healthy, have an eye exam every other year until age 65, then begin a yearly exam, Quit smoking, wear sunglasses with ultraviolet protection and eat foods rich in antioxidants and eye-healthy carotenoids, like carrots, broccoli and spinach.