It’s important to have a regular comprehensive dilated eye exam on a regular basis. That’s how eye conditions and diseases are diagnosed. Since you only have one pair of eyes, it’s important to take care of them.
Refractive Errors Cause Problems
The length of the eyeball, the shape of the eyeball/cornea, or the age of the lens can all cause refractive errors:
- Myopia or nearsightedness: close objects appear clearly and far objects appear blurry
- Hyperopia or farsightedness: distant objects appear clearly and close objects appear blurry
- Astigmatism: can cause images to appear blurry and stretched.
- Presbyopia: Age-related loss of ability to see close objects clearly. It begins as early as 35 and eventually affects most adults.
Many Eye Conditions are Age-Related:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): blurs the vision needed for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. The disease affects the macula, which allows us to see fine detail. There is no pain related to this disease.
- Cataracts: An age-related condition that clouds the lens in the eye.
- Diabetic eye disease: Individuals who have diabetes are prone to diseases such as retinopathy, cataract, and glaucoma.
- Glaucoma: Damages the optic nerve and results in vision loss and blindness. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent loss of vision.
- Low Vision: Makes it difficult to do everyday tasks such as reading. Vision quality declines as we age, but early diagnosis and regular check-ups can help.
- Dry Eye: A cornea-related condition in which the eye does not produce enough tears to keep its surface moist.
Other Eye Conditions
- Floaters & Spots: Appear in the line of vision.
- Blepharitis: Causes inflammation of the eyelids.
- Corneal Disease: The cornea is the eye’s clear, dome-shaped, outermost layer that covers the front of the eye. It’s important in focusing vision. Besides injury, a number of other conditions can affect the cornea: allergies, keratitis, dry eye, and keratoconus.
For all the latest information and technology in the field of optometry, visit the Alpharetta Eye Clinic or Windward Eye Care.
Eye Conditions: Presbyopia, hyperopia, myopia–let the experts at Alpharetta Eye Clinic or Windward Eye Care keep all of it straight. If you are over 60, you will need to schedule an annual visit. Early intervention is important if you are developing an eye condition related to aging. You are in good hands with the caring and capable doctors in this practice. Make the right decision for your vision. Call for an appointment.