While vision correction, such as contact lenses and glasses, is an important part of eye examinations, there are many other essential aspects. One of the most important roles that our optometrists perform is completing a thorough ocular health evaluation. Ocular health examinations assess the entire eye, from the very front surface to the back inner lining. By closely looking at all of the tissues of the eye using high powered microscopes and specialized lenses, optometrists can identify eye conditions such as dry eye disease, macular degeneration, or glaucoma. They can also detect ocular changes from systemic conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Many ocular health conditions are painless, so regular health evaluations are important to rule out potential problems and ensure that your eyes will be healthy for many years to come.
One of the leading causes of blindness in older Americans is Age-Related Macular Degeneration, also called AMD or simply macular degeneration. This disease is a progressive condition that causes a decrease in central vision due to retinal damage. Because the American population is aging, this condition is becoming more and more common. Here is what to know if you or a loved one is faced with a diagnosis of macular degeneration.
Have you ever noticed small spots or strings float across your vision, or noticed a flash of light off to the side? Occasionally we can experience these visual phenomenon as a result of normal changing occurring within the eye. While they can be alarming, annoying, or distracting, they are typically harmless symptoms. However, in rare occurrences, flashes and floaters may be symptoms of a more serious ocular condition, such as a retinal tear or detachment. The best way to determine whether flashes or floaters are a benign symptom or a sign of a harmful condition is to visit your eye doctor, who can determine whether or not your ocular health is at risk.