Your Eye Health Matters
Up until your early 20s, eye development can be very rapid. Once your eyes fully develop, they typically stabilize. But that doesn’t mean that diseases or conditions can’t still appear.
Even after your eyes have stabilized, an eye exam is the only way these things are discovered before they cause damage. Things like dry eye, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration all become more common as we age, so it’s important to see your eye doctor on a regular basis.
Book your next eye exam with Essential Eyes Columbia today.
The Importance of Eye Exams
The American Optometric Association recommends that most adults have a comprehensive eye examination every 1–2 years, depending on their age and risk factors. This serves as a minimum recommendation. Your optometrist takes your personal health and risk levels into account when advising you on exam frequency.
One of the primary reasons there is such a heavy emphasis on frequent eye exams is because of how many eye diseases can develop without obvious visual symptoms. Some are age-related, like glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, so the risk of developing them goes up as we age. Others can develop quickly and go unnoticed.
Frequent exams give you the best opportunity to have something diagnosed and treated quickly.
What’s Your Eye Doctor Looking For?
Your optometrist assesses the health of your eyes and looks for signs of several common eye diseases. Your eye health risk factors play a role in additional tests your doctor may recommend to help you receive the best preventative care possible.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
The center of our retina, called the macula, begins wearing out as we age. Early-on, this doesn’t cause many symptoms. But if left untreated, it can lead to partial vision loss that makes it difficult to complete daily activities. Age-related macular degeneration can develop for a long time before it causes noticeable symptoms or permanent vision loss..
Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve. In many cases, this develops due to abnormal internal eye pressure, called intraocular pressure. One exception is normal tension glaucoma, where the optic nerve is damaged while the intraocular pressure is within a normal range.
Risk of developing cataracts commonly increases as we age. Over time, the eye’s natural lens grows cloudy and affects vision. Many people continue to see well enough after the development of a cataract, using changing prescriptions to correct vision impairment. Over time, your vision can worsen, and surgery is the only way to restore vision loss due to cataracts.
Get Ahead of Potential Issues with Your Eye Doctor
If you’re concerned about your eye health or know of any genetic risk factors you might have, don’t wait to talk to our caring team and book an appointment with Dr. Price today. After examining your eyes, your doctor can review your risk factors and make a plan for maintaining good eye health going forward.
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- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 AM
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