Don’t Neglect Your Eyes!

Think of the essential role that vision plays in daily life – most of the things we want to do and enjoy would become difficult, even impossible, with impaired vision. It’s a fact that as we age, time takes its toll on our eyes just as it does with other parts of the body. That’s why, in observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, Atlantic Eye joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in emphasizing the importance of having regular eye exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision, especially as we get older.

Too often, we neglect eye health until we notice something wrong with our vision. Most adults do not get medical eye exams as often as recommended to keep their eyes healthy and identify problems. In fact, a study shows that 64 percent had some level of impairment before they made that appointment with an ophthalmologist (a physician who specializes in medical and surgical eye care).

Common issues that arise in our aging eyes include:

  • difficulty seeing (and driving) at night
  • blurry vision
  • trouble reading up close
  • flashes of light
  • red, watery eyes
  • double vision

These and other problems are warning signs that your eyes need medical evaluation. They may indicate developing disease, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help save your sight and prevent vision loss. Our experienced ophthalmologists at Atlantic Eye will provide you with a comprehensive eye exam, which is the best way to prevent these conditions from becoming debilitating.

For a healthy adult, the Academy recommends a baseline eye exam at age 40, even if you have no history of eye problems or eye disease. Your doctor will let you know how frequently you should be examined in future to maintain eye health. Those who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may require earlier and more frequent exams.

A good guideline if you’re 65 or older is to have your eyes checked by your ophthalmologist ever year or two. A comprehensive eye exam is simple and comfortable, and most often is covered by health insurance. Atlantic Eye’s caring staff are ready to schedule your exam and answer any questions or concerns you may have.