Eye Health: Why Is It So Important?

There are Many Other Issues That Can Affect Your Eye Health. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Eye Health: Genetics Play a Big Role

Genetics plays a big role in eye health. Image Credit: Unsplash

Ophthalmologist or Optometrist?

I strongly advise anyone that has the option to seek out a reputable ophthalmologist instead of an optometrist. An ophthalmologist is a highly-trained, qualified medical doctor. He or she can deliver total eye care. By contrast, optometrists are not medical doctors and have not attended medical school. I’m not saying they are not qualified. Rather, I just prefer a medical doctor to take care of my vision, due to my family’s history.

Is the Equipment Up to Date?

Make sure your facility is using the latest technology and equipment to test your vision. This will ensure that you get the most accurate assessment. A litmus test is whether your eye care facility is still performing the outdated air puff test to check for Glaucoma. If this is the case, then it might be time to research other facilities. They should also take the thickness of your cornea into account, to get a true picture of your risk for the disease. A good reputable doctor will do this and can watch for trends based on your personal history.

Common Diseases of the Eyes

There are many other issues that can affect your eye health. These include refraction errors, which can be corrected with glasses, contacts, or even surgery. Age-related macular degeneration results in damaging your central vision. This disease can really interfere with common everyday tasks such as reading or driving. (Lucky me; this runs in my family as well.)

Get Your Eyes Checked Annually

So, what can you do proactively to help protect your eyes and prevent any of these conditions from developing? Unfortunately, you cannot change your genetics, but you can control how you care for your eyes and focus on habits that help support good eye health. The first line of defense is most certainly having an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam. Many conditions have no warning signs and can only be detected by a trained professional.

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