Protect Your Eyes, Preserve Your Sight
Many diseases show early signs in the eyes, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Sight-threatening eye diseases aren’t always preventable, but in many cases, there are ways we can help you protect your vision. Regular eye exams are crucial in early detection and management of sight-stealing diseases. If you or a family member is overdue for an eye exam, contact Elite Eye Care today to schedule an appointment!
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)
Age-related macular degeneration is a disease of the macula, the central part of the retina. This occurs when a material — called drusen — accumulates in this area and causes damage. ARMD is progressive and results in central vision loss. Risk factors that can put you at a higher risk of ARMD include smoking, genetics and age. Nutrition plays a key role in prevention of ARMD. Regular eye exams can detect early signs of ARMD, provide education on risk factors, and how to manage this condition.
Diabetes is a condition that impacts the blood vessels of the entire body, including those in the back of the eye. If the small blood vessels in the eye are damaged, this can lead to swelling, bleeding, and clouded vision. If untreated, diabetic eye disease can lead to blindness. Regular comprehensive eye exams are critical for early detection and to preserve eyesight.
Glaucoma is a group of progressive conditions that impact optic nerve health. Often glaucoma is a painless, slow progression of peripheral vision loss that comes with no warning signs. Regular eye exams provide early detection to ensure glaucoma can be controlled and vision loss can be prevented.
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an inflammation of the clear tissue on the front surface of the eye called the conjunctiva. The eye can become red and irritated for various reasons including viruses, bacteria, and allergies. A red eye can also be a sign of contact lens related issues or something more serious. If you suspect you have pink eye, it’s best to schedule an appointment to ensure the right diagnosis and treatment to prevent further issues.
Cataracts can form in the lens of the eye for various reasons including aging, medication side effects, or eye injuries. Cataracts can cause reduced clarity of vision, issues with night driving, and an overall disruption to everyday life. If cataracts interfere with daily activities, surgery is a common solution. Regular eye exams are important in monitoring the progression of cataracts and the impact they have on quality of life.