Educating You about Your Eyes
At Opti-World Medical & Vision Center LLC, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive eye care education as part of our services. We discuss the importance of eye exams and common ophthalmic diseases such as macular degeneration. You can help people in the community improve their ocular health by sharing what you learn from us.
Want to prevent or slow vision loss? According to many eye care professionals, the best way to accomplish this is with early detection through regular eye exams. Even though vision may be clear, exams can uncover changes in the eye caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, eye tumors, retinal disorders and glaucoma. Some of these have no symptoms in the early stages. Eye exams can also lead to the earliest detection of other serious health problems, including diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure).
What is AMD?
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease affecting the macula, which is located in the retina. It currently affects 1.75 million Americans and is one of the most common causes of legal blindness and vision impairment in older Americans. AMD is painless. It affects the central vision needed to perform many daily activities like reading and driving. When it comes to prevention, comprehensive eye exams are the most important component for ensuring overall healthy vision. Demographically, whites are at a much higher risk for losing vision from AMD than African-Americans. However, people with a family history of AMD are at higher risk of getting the disease, and women have a greater risk than men.
Signs & Symptoms:
Blurred Vision | Small Blind Spots | Straight Lines Appear Crooked
Increased Age | Smoking | Obesity
Are the sun and your eyes friends or enemies? In fact, they are both. You need sunlight for the proper functioning of your eyes, but excessive exposure to ultraviolet or UV radiation can lead to a range of problems down the line. Be sure to wear your sunglasses, and get regular eye exams to keep an eye out for these problems.