People who want to keep their eyes functioning properly should go in for regular eye tests so as to catch serious conditions in the early going, according to Lake Forest Patch.
The article noted that people who make a point of going in for routine eye exams can potentially find out if they have certain ailments like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma in the early stages rather than after these conditions have reached advanced stages. Many eye conditions rarely come with warning signs in the early going, added the article.
According to the article, the American Academy of Ophthalmology will starting on Sunday start a week-long campaign to highlight the importance of going in for routine eye tests to prevent eye sickness and vision impairment.
The article added that a few of the local companies that provide eye tests include Lake Forest Family Eyecare, Eyestyles for Lifestyles and South County Eye Care. The American Academy of Ophthalmology said in the article that people need to go in for a baseline eye test by their 40th birthday.
Meanwhile, the article cited experts as saying that people need to have an understanding of their family history as it relates to eye health. Minority groups are more likely to come down with eye ailments and vision loss than are non minorities, according to the article. And seniors are more likely to be diagnosed with eye disease than are other age non-seniors.
According to the article, parents should educate themselves on eye health issues so that they can help keep their children’s eyes healthy. Children, not just adults, should have routine eye tests, noted the article, because no one is immune from getting developing serious conditions.
Dr. Stephanie Marioneaux, who is affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said in the article that the majority of Americans overlook eye health until they realize they have a problem. Delaying eye health until a negative issue pops up could ultimately lead to vision loss, added the doctor. She also said that the only way to catch eye disease in the early stages is courtesy of dilated eye exams.