Get your eyes checked! Many eye conditions begin without pain or vision loss. Annual eye exams are critical in preventing and minimizing damage to your vision. These are some common eye conditions:
Classically associated with increased pressure within the eyes, glaucoma is a painless, potentially blinding condition. Vision loss begins in the periphery and progresses inward, sometimes resulting in complete blindness. Glaucoma is a treatable condition, and every routine eye exam includes multiple glaucoma tests.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new blindness among working-age Americans. Individuals with diabetes or at high risk for diabetes should be sure to schedule annual eye exams. Following a diabetic eye exam, a report is sent to each patient’s primary care doctor.
The retina lines the inside of the eye and functions similarly to the film of a camera. Damage can result in a retinal tear, or worse, a retinal detachment. These conditions can be repaired, but early detection is critical.
Dry eyes/allergy eyes
Often lumped together as ocular surface disease, dry eyes and ocular allergies can be extremely bothersome conditions. Eye pain, itching, burning, watering, and blurry vision are typical symptoms. Prescription medications can have a big impact and provide significant relief.
Binocular vision disorders
Binocular vision disorders include any condition in which the two eyes do not team together properly. Double vision and headaches are common. However, sometimes symptoms are much more subtle, especially in children. Diminished school performance, avoidance of reading and homework, and other symptoms of binocular vision disorders can closely resemble learning disabilities and/or attention deficit. It is recommended that all children have a comprehensive eye exam before starting school.