August is National Eye Exam Month – there’s no better time to talk about eye health and the importance of annual exams than now. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 43 million Americans will be at risk for vision loss or blindness due to age-related eye diseases by 2020, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. This represents an increase of more than 50 percent over current numbers.
The AAO recommends getting regular annual eye exams. Everyone should visit the eye doctor every year, especially those with a family history of eye disease, those with high blood pressure and those with diabetes.
As we age, weakness of the eye muscle can result in vision issues. Symptoms can include:
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred vision while wearing glasses
- Red eyes
- Consistent eye pain
- Black spots in vision
- Burning sensations in the eyes
What to Expect During an Eye Exam
Because eye diseases become more common as we age, it becomes more and more important to engage in a comprehensive eye exam regularly. Being diligent about this can save your vision and prevent further vision loss. Many people don’t have recognizable symptoms until the disease is advanced. Vision problems can be prevented only when identified, monitored and treated in the early stages.
When you visit your eye doctor at your annual appointment, you’ll be given a dilated eye exam to check for the following:
- Medical and family history
- Pupil reaction
- Side and peripheral vision
- Eye movement, coordination and muscle balance
- Focusing ability and refractive errors, such as myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia and hyperopia
- Check prescription of eye glasses and contacts
- Eye pressure
- Retina and optic nerve
- Front portion of your eye
Your eye doctor will assess the general health of your eye, tracking any disorder that could impair your vision. Your doctor may then suggest further testing if necessary to evaluate your vision with specialized testing equipment. These tests can diagnose a disease in its early stages so the doctor can treat it.
Prevention through early detection: this is the key to ongoing vision health!
Contact Simon Eye Associates
Check your calendar. When’s the last time you saw your eye doctor? If it’s been longer than a year, contact Simon Eye Associates at 302-239-1933 to book one. We have many convenient locations throughout Delaware to serve you better.