Nowadays, it isn’t just about the greys in your hair or the wrinkles on your skin – it’s about time that we pay attention to our vision! Eye care professionals, like Dr. Lam at MPO, cannot stress enough on the importance of visiting your optometrist regularly for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. It is recommended to have this exam be done annually in order to reduce your risk of vision loss as you age. Your vision may seem perfectly fine on a daily basis, but did you know that age-related eye diseases usually do not show any sign of symptoms? A comprehensive dilated eye exam is slightly different from a basic eye exam that you usually have. The way an optometrist detects these eye diseases is by dilating the pupils and performing various tests to examine your eyes – front and back. It is important to find these eye diseases at an early stage to prevent further damages to your perception and vision.
A couple of examples of age-related eye diseases are macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. So, what are these diseases?
- Macular degeneration slowly destroys the macula, which is the part of your eye that gives you sharp vision.
- A cataract is when the lens of your eye begins to get blurry and cloudy, making it difficult to see.
- Diabetic retinopathy is when your diabetes is at a point where it begins to harm your blood vessels inside the retina, which is a soft tissue in the back of your eye that’s extremely sensitive to light.
- Glaucoma is when the fluids and pressure starts to build up within the eye and starts to cause damage to the optical nerve.
When eye diseases are diagnosed at an early stage, they can be treated quickly in order to prevent vision loss in the future. If these problems have already occurred, be sure to talk to our optometrist to learn more about treatment options. Dr. Scott Lam at MPO Eyecare is a professional optometrist who can treat medically. To learn more about these eye-aging diseases or to get a consultation, feel free to call MPO Eyecare at (626) 573-9336.