Saving Your Vision – More Than Meets the Eye

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posted by Ted Ryan on March 09, 2015

March is Save Your Vision Month. Contrary to popular belief, good vision doesn’t necessarily mean that your eyes are healthy. The only way to ensure good vision and healthy eyes is to get a yearly check up by an eye doctor.

Eye doctors do much more than determine prescriptions for glasses or contacts. They check for common eye diseases, examine how your eyes work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Eye doctors are often the first health care professionals to detect chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. For example, diabetes causes small blood vessel leaks or bleeding in the eye and swelling of the macula, which can lead to vision loss.

Many eye diseases have no symptoms in their early stages of development. During an exam, the doctor will check your eyes inside and out for signs of problems. Often, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

As we see in the home care field, seniors are at a greater risk for vision loss or blindness from age-related diseases, such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

SHC has been helping St. Louis area seniors for 28 years. If you need help finding an eye doctor in your area or getting to and from your doctor’s appointments, please contact us.

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