As we age, we notice changes in our bodies. After years of working hard, we find that we do not move as fast as we once did, and we want to take it easy a little more. Believe us when we say that’s well-deserved! But as we age and move into our retirement years, we cannot let things go in terms of our daily activity levels – nor with the upkeep of our eyesight. A condition like cataracts or glaucoma needs to be caught early, so visiting the eye doctor at least annually is crucial. This September, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is celebrating Healthy Aging Month. Here’s why it is important to take care of our aging eyes.
Early Detection Means Early Treatment
There are two eye conditions that have to be caught early in order to begin treatment as soon as possible: glaucoma and macular degeneration. Glaucoma is especially alarming as there is no cure, but there are steps you can take that will cease the continued raising of intraocular pressure and halt the progression of the disease. However, you have to catch it early to begin treatment – not doing so could mean the loss of your vision, with no hope of restoring it. Macular degeneration can only be cured if it’s a condition of wet macular degeneration – if it’s “dry,” once again, you can only halt the progression of your case when you first report it.
Do Not Ignore Any Changes in Your Vision
Are you over the age of 40 and notice any peculiarities with your vision? Then don’t wait to see your doctor! Both glaucoma and cataracts are dangers for patients over 40, and macular degeneration if you are over 50. If you have a family history of any of these conditions, it is important to be very aware of the fact that you could be more at risk. Do not just assume you need a new glasses prescription – it’s so much better to be safe than sorry.
Schedule Routine Eye Exams
You should plan on having an eye exam performed at least once every year, but it would be wise to consider going more frequently as you age. One of the many reasons it’s so important is that glaucoma, for example, has little to no symptoms before it begins. Often, the diagnosis takes patients by surprise, and there is little to be done once you notice out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. In short, never miss an opportunity to see your eye doctor.
Contact Eye Care of Delaware Today
At Eye Care of Delaware, we are passionate about the health and vitality of your eyes. We are proud to celebrate Healthy Aging Month alongside the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Should you need treatment for a diagnosis, or a second opinion from one of our expert physicians, call us today at 302-454-8800.