Are you monitoring your eye health?
From astigmatism to diabetic retinopathy, many conditions can affect your eyes and their function. Your eyes also reveal more about your general health than you may realize, which is why we recommend seeing an eye doctor regularly.
If you’re concerned you might have an eye disease, refractive error, or other condition, we encourage you to schedule an eye exam with one of our Independent Doctors of Optometry at your soonest convenience. Click below to find an optical store near you.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
This eye disease happens due to issues with the macula, which is found at the back of the eye. Age-Related Macular Degeneration can inhibit your central vision. The most common symptoms include a loss of sight, distorted vision, inability to see some objects in color, and blank areas in your front field of view. (Source)
Amblyopia (lazy eye) prevents your eyes from looking in the same direction at the same time. This can be caused by nerve injury or poor muscle control in the eyes. It can also happen with crossed eyes. But with early treatment, it can often be corrected. (Source)
This occurs when you have an imperfection in the curvature of the eye. Common symptoms include blurry or distorted vision. Special eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions are used to treat this distortion. (Source)
Cataracts are an eye disease that causes the part of your eye that is usually clear to become clouded, preventing you from focusing light. They’re common in those over 55, but they can also affect young people as early as infancy. Common symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision, light sensitivity, and trouble seeing when it’s dark out. (Source)
Diabetic retinopathy or retinal detachment can occur in people with diabetes. This condition happens when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels in the back of the eye. It can start with floaters (small, detached pieces that interfere with your vision), blurriness, dark areas in your field of vision, or difficulty seeing colors. Without proper treatment, it can lead to vision loss. (Source)
Having glaucoma means having excess fluid build-up in your eye and, as a result, harm to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is one of the top reasons for vision loss among Americans, and it happens more often in people who have glaucoma in their family. Symptoms of glaucoma may include loss of peripheral or front vision, eye pain, red eyes, or halos around bright lights. (Source)
Also known as farsightedness, hyperopia occurs most often in adults and causes nearby objects to appear blurry. The constant squinting to focus on things up close can lead to headaches and eye strain. Hyperopia is treated with prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. (Source)
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is often hereditary and makes objects far away from you look blurry. The opposite of hyperopia, squinting to focus on faraway objects can also result in headaches and eye strain. And like hyperopia, myopia is treated with prescription lenses. (Source)
When your eye lenses harden with age, you may experience presbyopia. This condition is most common in your 40s, but the first symptoms can begin in your youth. Keep in mind that presbyopia is not an eye disease; it also can’t be avoided, so staying aware of what can happen once you get it (including eye fatigue while working on the computer and blurry vision while reading) is the best way to get the vision correction you need. (Source)
What will happen if I have a rare eye disease?
If an eye doctor determines you or your child have a rare eye disease, they may send you to a specialist for additional testing and treatment. A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to monitor the eyes for such issues.
How can I rule out certain eye conditions?
A comprehensive eye exam is necessary to see if you have (or don’t have) an eye disease or other conditions. During the appointment, the eye doctor will run multiple tests to check your eye health. They will also get an in-depth look at your eye anatomy.
What are eye diseases that cause blindness?
Macular degeneration is the top eye disease to lead to blindness in the U.S. Cataracts and glaucoma can also lead to vision loss if left untreated. (Source) Stay up to date with your vision appointments to test for eye conditions such as these.
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