At Berk Eye Care Center we stress the need for patients to come in for a yearly eye exam at our Columbus optometry office. Having your eyes checked yearly is the best way to check for eye conditions or diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts. Glaucoma is a serious disease that afflicts many people over the age of 50 and is caused by abnormally high pressure inside the eye.
This high pressure, known as intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss. It is the second leading cause of blindness in seniors and the danger is that it can have little to no symptoms, and come on very slowly. Glaucoma is one of the reasons that our Columbus optometry office recommends patients have their eyes checked annually. Vision loss sometimes happens so gradually that many people don’t even notice their vision is failing until the disease has become advanced. The best chance patients have of recovering is with early diagnosis to help prevent further damage. Early diagnosis can detect many diseases that may cause further damage later on if not caught in time.
Glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be stopped from progressing if it is caught early enough. Eye testing can also catch other eye diseases like cataracts. Cataracts cloud the eye’s lens, causing blurriness and making it difficult to drive, read or see things close up. As with glaucoma, cataracts develop slowly over time and might not cause any early vision changes. Surgery for cataracts has shown to be highly effective as well as strong lighting and prescription eyeglasses to help alleviate symptoms. Cataract eye surgery is one option that can greatly benefit those in need and make their lives easier and more manageable. Call our Columbus optometry office for more information on eye tests, glaucoma, cataracts and other questions about vision.