Has your vision seemed to grow worse lately? If you already have refractive eye errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, then it’s definitely possible that your vision is changing. Without prompt care from an eye doctor and specific measures with eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, your vision can grow worse. Here are a few tips to stop that vision from growing worse!
Millions of people wear glasses and contact lenses in order to see every day. Most people don’t have perfect vision. 42% of Americans between 12 and 54 are nearsighted. Nearsightedness means that objects up close are seen clearly, while objects farther away are blurry. Farsightedness affects 14% of Americans. Objects far away are seen clearly, while objects up close are blurry. Farsightedness occurs in patients after age 40 and especially after age 60. This is a common age-related refractive error but can also affect a person no matter their age.
The first 10 years of life for children is a time when the eyes are changing the most and when it’s most beneficial to catch these issues. You can stop refractive eye errors from growing worse when you get glasses, contact lenses or eye surgery, as your eyes start seeing at a perfect prescription and stop adjusting and changing in order to allow you to see. Surgery is the best option to stop your vision from growing worse, but with the right lenses, vision changes slow down immensely.
How you live and what you eat can help stop your vision from growing worse. Seeing spotty vision often? You may be low on electrolytes. Other vision problems that come and go? There may be a medical reason. Simply not getting enough vitamins and minerals can cause vision changes, especially if they aren’t always consistent.
Many vision issues are tied to other chronic conditions or diseases that are common with age. Diabetes is a major one, which leads to diabetic retinopathy. This is a condition that affects the blood vessels in the retina. According to studies, it’s the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. The eyes become damaged due to chronically high blood sugar that is generally associated with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy affects 7.7 million Americans. If you control your diabetes well, take your supplements and vitamins, and see your eye doctor frequently, you stop (or significantly slow down) your vision from growing worse.
Infections can impair your vision quality for a short time, while autoimmune disorders can cause vision changes constantly. Your sleep quality and duration can determine if you see blurry or if you have chronic dry eye issues. Sleep and nutrition quality can also determine if you are more susceptible to infections and illness due to a weakened immune system. Changes that come and go may have a trigger (such as allergies) and may be health-related. There are countless causes of fluctuating vision changes, so if you have these, talk to both your eye doctor and other medical professionals. Vision issues that stick around are signs of something more, and they should be addressed promptly.
These are the big three eye diseases patients get that can lead to blindness. Cataracts—a condition that causes a clouding of the lens of the eye—affects at least 24.4 million Americans over 40. Over time, the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, leading to blindness. Cataracts can be removed with surgery in some cases, but not all.
Glaucoma affects 5% of people and is a condition where the optic nerve of the eye becomes damaged from fluid build up in the eye. The progression can be halted and vision can be restored with the right treatment.
More than 10 million Americans have macular degeneration, which is an irreversible eye disease. The macula tissue of your eye controls central vision. This part of the eye’s nerves becomes damaged over time and is irreversible, which is why you want to catch it early. You can halt the progression of some of these conditions or prevent them with an eye doctor’s help.
Everyone needs to get their eyes checked often, as many vision problems don’t cause pain and come on gradually over time. The American Optometric Association recommends that all patients see their eye doctor at least every 2 years.
The equipment eye doctors use during various eye exams are also able to see inside your eye in order to observe the delicate tissues inside. You can’t do that on your own, especially when it comes to refractive errors or detecting problems such as retinal detachment or glaucoma. Some problems are only detected on an internal level way before you start to notice vision problems setting in. There are over 100 eye exam tests that can be done depending on your symptoms and family history, which can end up saving your vision when you get these exams frequently.
There are many common vision problems you could have if your vision is changing. Skipping eye doctor visits because you worry there may be an eye disease is one of the worst things you can do, as it gives an actual eye disease time to irreversibly damage your vision, which can’t be fixed. Prompt treatment from an eye doctor for refractive eye errors, glaucoma, macular, cataracts and other conditions can help them stop or can help reverse the problems.
Some vision changes and diseases are genetic. However, they can still be prevented or halted no matter if that genetic component is there. No matter the condition, an eye doctor can help stop the progression of most eye diseases. Good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and frequent eye exams help. No matter if you already have vision changes, if you have an eye disease or you simply want to know about your eye health, we can help. Call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 333-2800!