We understand that your vision is one of the most important things you can care for. That’s why we want to offer you information that many other people are interested in, from how contact lens feel to how extended computer use affects the aging of your eyes. Of course, if you have more questions that you don’t see in our forums, feel free to contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment to see one of our specialists at 217.352.2020. Remember, your vision is very sensitive and should not be taken for granted; see a speicialist at any time of serious pain.
Eye questions (and some answers)
So yes, it appears that eye doctors ask questions, and make some progress each year, to hopefully benefit their patients. We will spend part of the rest of the year discussing some more of the useful innovations in eye care.
- Legal blindness in the US is defined as a vision of 20/200 or worse (20/200 means 10 times worse than 20/20) or a very narrow field.
- Some forms of blindness are reversible. Some usual examples are refractive errors (need for glasses) and cataracts, which can be cured by appropriate glasses prescriptions or by an outpatient surgical intervention.
- Early detection and early intervention may be key. Examples include early intervention for glaucoma and diabetes but also for the prevention of the development of lazy eye (amblyopia) in children.
So in short the chances of blindness or permanent poor vision can be drastically reduced by early intervention.
- If you experience a visual disturbance, a change in vision, a change in eye appearance (example red eye) or eye pain, you should seek professional help.
- If you suffer from a medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid condition, rheumatoid arthritis or are on certain medications such as Plaquenil you should be seen regularly (the exact frequency will depend on the assessment of your eyes at your first visit).
- Be aware that you have TWO eyes. Sometimes vision appears “fine” but you may be relying mostly on just one of your two eyes, while the other may be much weaker and may need some attention. This is sometimes true for children who can develop a lazy eye that needs to be corrected at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid irreversible damage.
- Be aware that some conditions (including cataracts and glaucoma) are progressive. This means you may be simply adapting to your visual disability (decreased vision, shrinking peripheral fields) rather than “seeing fine.”
- Family history is important. If you have family members who are/were affected by an eye condition you may be much more likely to develop a similar condition. Checking early may be sight saving.
- Many conditions, including curable conditions, appear in the later stages of our lives. So starting at age 40 (and earlier if you have family history, medical conditions or any eye signs or symptoms) it is a good idea to get checked.
- Finally and as a last resort, here is advice I often give my patients: If you can’t see me, come see me!
The need for glasses may vary from year to year for many reasons, including the development of mild cataract. It is important therefore to get the vision checked periodically to make sure that the vision is the best it can be and at least good enough for safe driving. Glasses, contact lenses and laser surgery are some of the available options to correct your vision.