Diseases and disorders of the eye have the potential to reduce your quality of life seriously, and because many of them have no initial symptoms, you may not be aware of them until the disease has become advanced. Early testing is essential, particularly when it comes to conditions with a genetic component such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Ask your optometrist to perform testing for the following common eye diseases if you have reason to believe you may be at risk.
Pink eye is a highly contagious infection that is generally passed among school children, although adults can also be affected — particularly those such as teachers or daycare workers. This condition is easily treated, and leaving it untreated can result in severe damage to the eyes.
Diabetic Eye Disease
When you have diabetes, your eyes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and other kinds of damage. If these problems are left untreated, they can raise your risk of complete or partial vision loss. Diabetic eye exams in Brighton, MI are an important part of helping your eyes stay as healthy as possible.
Glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye and can lead to severe vision loss and even blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated. Be sure to let your optometrist know if you have a family history of glaucoma. Those over 60 are also at elevated risk as well as African and Mexican Americans.
More than 10 million Americans currently suffer from some form of macular degeneration, making it the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the country. Unfortunately, it’s also considered incurable at this point, which makes early detection even more important. Risk factors include age and genetics, and smoking.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office location if you have reason to believe that you may require testing and treatment for any of the above diseases.