The fear of going blind is a scary thought in most people’s minds.  However, Lighthouse International conducted a new survey showing six out of seven people that are at risk for, or who currently have, eye disease do not get annual eye exams.

Some of the reasons people may forgo eye care is the cost, the fear of hearing a worst case scenario from the doctor or because they don’t experience any trouble with their vision.  Of course if you wait until you experience a change in your vision, you can miss an early diagnosis of a possibly treatable or manageable disease.

For example, glaucoma and macular degeneration are two of the most common eye diseases.  Both of these have almost no symptoms early on — but can cause partial blindness and a loss of function in your life.  Both are also manageable, especially if they are discovered early.

These conditions are also much more likely to occur if there is a family history, so talking to your relatives and being proactive in your eye care are the two greatest things you can do.  You should see an eye doctor annually if someone in your family has been diagnosed with glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Vision loss, however, isn’t the only issue. A routine eye exam can also detect many other diseases in their early stages, including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, neurofibromatosis and even brain tumors.

Routine eye exams should be performed every year for those 40 and older, not just to check for blurry vision but to make sure your eyes, and body, are healthy. Call our office today to schedule the next step in your preventative medical care.

This information is brought to you by Clarin Eye Care Center. Please call or contact our office for more information.

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