It is always important to get your eyes tested every 2 years, or whenever you have an issue that arises. Here are some common health issues that can affect your vision.
This is a complication that occurs when you have a form of diabetes. Caused by high blood sugar levels; it damages the back of the eye and can lead to blindness if left undiagnosed. In most cases it can take several years for it to reach a stage where it can be critical for your sight. It’s always good to have regular checks to make sure it doesn’t get worse – your optometrist will give you advice on how to keep it in check. Even if it’s not affecting you currently, a check-up in-between your 2 year gap won’t hurt and can put your mind at ease.
This is where the optic nerve, which connects the eyes to the brain, becomes damaged over time. Glaucoma is a slow and progressive condition and can normally take 15 years of being untreated to develop into blindness. It can be more of a rapid process if the pressure in the eye is high. If you have a family history of Glaucoma then you would need to speak to your optometrist to see how regular you would need an eye test.
They’re more common in older adults, but not necessarily all the time. Cataracts are when the lens of your eye develops cloudy patches. Over a period of time these patches will become bigger causing misty vision that can eventually lead to blindness. Many things can contribute to a person having cataracts in the future; smoking, diabetes, eye injury, excessive alcohol consumption and a family history of cataracts.
There are many more health conditions that could be a result of age, smoking, alcohol, eye injuries and family history. So always make sure you look after your eyes, and as a result your eyes will look out for you. Always see your optometrist and get your eyes tested regularly if you’re unsure about anything.
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