Most Americans probably believe that they would notice a change in your version if you had eye disease. The fact is glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are the leading causes of blindness and can begin without any symptoms.
Even if you think you have 20/20 vision, adults at the age of 40 can start to have signs of disease and changes in vision. At this age, all healthy adults should schedule an eye exam, even if their vision seems fine.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology lists some things to consider if you need a bit more motivation to set up your appointment:
- Your brain adapts to vision loss, making some eye diseases go unnoticed until it is too late. Once vision is lost, it cannot be restored. Ophthalmologists can spot eye disease before vision is compromised and protect your sight.
- Seeing an ophthalmologist can improve not just your eye health, but your overall health. Because the blood vessels and nerves in your eye are reflective of the rest of your body, ophthalmologists are sometimes the first to diagnose diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or vitamin deficiencies.
- Your eye health is dependent on different factors, including family history, ethnicity, age, and overall health. An ophthalmologist can help evaluate your personal risk factors and recommend the best steps for disease prevention.
- Eye disease is also a looming problem for the U.S. healthcare system. As our population ages, the number of people afflicted with vision loss is expected to double by 2050.
At Piedmont Eye Center we have 10 ophthalmologists eager to help with your eye care needs. From preventing vision loss to restoring lost vision when possible, we are here for you.