Just as it is important to visit your medical doctor for a yearly check-up it is equally important to have routine eye examinations with your eye care specialist on a regular basis. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may require you to see your eye doctor more frequently to ensure your vision is not decreasing due to your physical health. Notable risk factors include a higher rate in the development of Glaucoma for African Americans that are over the age of 40, heredity or history of eye disease in your family or even some prescription medications may affect your vision.
Glaucoma as an example is referred to as “The Silent Thief” because it slowly robs you of vision until detected by your eye care specialist during a complete examination. Cataracts also tend to go unnoticed because the symptoms occur slowly and over a period of time. Your vision with cataracts will began to gradually decrease and you may find you are changing eyeglass prescriptions more often. Once diagnosed by your eye doctor the cataracts can be safely, quickly and painlessly removed for good.
Dr. Snead suggests that you make good vision as much a part of your health plan as you would your scheduled visits to your doctor or dentist. Healthy vision promotes a healthy lifestyle.