You only get one set of eyes, so you want to keep them healthy. Millions of people won’t ever have major problems with their eyes, but millions more will. Almost ½ of all people have refractive errors in their eyes, causing blurry vision. Cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases occur more frequently as you age as well. Not everyone will get an eye disease, but you might get small eye problems from time to time. This could be due to allergies, not using protective eyewear, touching your eyes with dirty hands, eye accidents and more. We can provide you with tips to keep your eyes cleaner and healthier, as well as provide you services such as eye exams to ensure your eyes are staying healthy. Our tips might just end up saving your eyesight in the future!
You want to have healthy eyes all your life. You can have healthy eyes, but still have blurry vision. This generally happens due to refractive errors of the eyes such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Nearsightedness is when objects up close appear clearly, but objects farther away are blurry. The opposite is true for farsightedness. Objects far away appear clearly, while objects up close are blurry. You have clear vision if the retina tissue in your eye is working properly. When you look at objects, light from those objects hits your eye, passing through your cornea, lens, pupil and other tissues until it hits your retina tissue. This is at the back of your eye and is connected to your optic nerve. The optic nerve receives information from light, then sends it to your brain through this nerve, and that is how you interpret images.
If that light focuses before your retina tissue, you have nearsightedness. If it focuses past the retina, you get farsightedness. If light focuses at two different places, you end up with astigmatism. Around 34 million Americans have nearsightedness, with about 10 million of those having severe nearsightedness. 14.2 million Americans have farsightedness and 1 in 3 people have astigmatism. All of these eye problems can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or eye surgery. You can have these refractive eye errors and still have healthy eyes. You simply have to keep your blurry vision under control with proper eyewear and the help of an eye doctor to ensure you don’t have other vision problems forming.
If you have blurry vision that sets in suddenly, you want to see us right away. This can indicate an eye disease or chronic condition. If you injure your eye, you might have immediate blurry vision. The quicker you seek treatment, the better chance you have at saving your eyesight. Some eye diseases set in slowly over time, so always monitor your vision and look for changes in your eyesight. Macular degeneration sets in slowly, with patients losing their central vision over time. This condition cannot be cured, but you can prevent it or its progression with the help of an eye doctor, protective eyewear and good health.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that is not painful. Many people may not even know they have it until they lose their peripheral side vision. If you monitor your vision, you may catch it early if you notice your peripheral vision isn’t as clear. We can catch glaucoma early if you are regularly having eye exams and we can halt it in its progression. Cataracts is another disease that affects 24.4 million Americans over 40. The onset is also gradual and the lens of the eye will gradually start to cloud over. You can halt the progression of cataracts by seeing the eye doctor regularly.
We’ve mentioned visiting the eye doctor several times and this is for a reason. Doctors are trained to recognize and treat diseases. They can catch diseases before they become severe. In the case of an eye doctor, they are trained to notice the smallest abnormalities in the eyes in order to prevent eye diseases and to help you keep healthy eyes. The American Optometric Association recommends that every patient visit the eye doctor at least every 2 years for a comprehensive exam. If you already have vision problems, you should see the eye doctor every year. These exams are incredibly important for finding and treating minor eye problems and keeping healthy eyes so you avoid diseases that cause blindness.
Follow these additional tips to keep healthy eyes:
Not all people will get eye diseases during their lifetime. However, millions will. You can reduce your risk for chronic eye conditions and diseases with all of these tips. If you don’t currently see an eye doctor, start! Call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 223-0401 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and to receive help with all your eye questions!