Finding an optometrist
is a quick and simple process that can be completed from the comfort of your own home. From finding an eye specialist in your neighborhood to making an appointment at your convenience, the online websites available these days have made this once annoying, time consuming process into a breeze of surfing efficiency.
There are various reasons to visit an eye doctor annually, which is the recommended visit frequency. The main one being prevention of a potential disease that can result in the partial or complete loss of sight. But the others include general check-up, safety education, and of course, correcting blurred or obscured vision due to one of the visual deficiency classifications, described below.
Near-Sighted – happens when the light from an object enters the eye and focuses before hitting the retina (where visual images are processed and interacted with the brain) causing any image in the distance to be blurred, but one close up to be in focus.
Far-Sighted – The opposite action occurs here, where the focus of light occurs beyond the retina causing near objects to be blurred and further ones to be in focus.
Astigmatism – This occurs when the eye of an individual is slightly misshaped. Normally eyes are almost perfectly round, but when there are slight variations, it can cause the focus point in the eye to be off center resulting in blurred vision.
Luckily, with today's technology there are relatively simple ways to correct these. They come in the form of eye glasses, or contact lenses. With many stylish models and colors to choose from there is something for everyone's personal taste. Eye care professionals are very good at helping through the process, from diagnosis
all the way to finding the right lenses and frame combination.
On another note, optometrists are also able to diagnose potentially serious health issues. Diseases like glaucoma, diabetes/diabetic eye disease, hypertension, and macular degeneration are all naturally occurring possibilities that sometimes get forgotten about by most people, and can progress without any pain, signs or symptoms.
Glaucoma – an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged in a particular manner. This can permanently result in damaged vision in one or two eyes and lead to blindness if left untreated.
Diabetic eye disease – also known as ‘diabetic retinopathy,' this complication is a result of having diabetes for a period of ten years or more. Up to 80% of people suffering from diabetes develops this disease which can eventually lead to blindness. It is also said that up to 90% of the cases discovered could have been treated with early detection.
Hypertension – Eye doctors are able to tell when someone has high blood pressure, known as hypertension.
Macular degeneration – This disease usually happens to people later in life. A decline in the field of vision occurs starting from the middle and moves outward. Damage to the retina over a long period of time causes this. It usually happens to men and woman over the age of fifty.
Do yourself a favor and get a checkup
on your eyes if it's been longer than a year or two. They can improve the quality of life for a large number people who aren't even aware they have a problem.