Common Eye Problems and Solutions to Avoid Vision Risk

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Eye diseases are on the rise, and by the year 2020, an estimated 5.5 million Americans will suffer from blindness or low vision. Despite the prevalence of vision problems among the general population, many Americans do not undergo regular screenings for common eye conditions and diseases. Being informed about eye problems and solutions can help you determine when to seek treatment.

If you think you may be suffering from one of the following problems, or if you’re concerned about the health of your eyes, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation by calling (760) 603-9910.
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Refractive Errors

Refractive errors, including near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism, account for the greatest number of vision problems in the US. Although refractive errors are generally easy to correct with glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK, many Americans fail to visit an ophthalmologist like Dr. Tracy for the necessary testing and treatment. In fact, a new study by the National Eye Institute suggests that 11 million Americans could enjoy improved vision with refractive correction. Seeing your doctor for regular eye exams is the best way to protect your vision and to guard against various eye diseases and conditions.

Macular Degeneration

One of the most common eye diseases, macular degeneration strikes an estimated 1.8 million Americans over age 40. Also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the condition results in impaired sharp and central vision. Because early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to stopping the progression of this disease, it’s important to see an ophthalmologist like Dr. Tracy for regular exams. You may also want to consider taking steps like taking vitamins specifically for the disease, exercising, wearing sunglasses, and consuming lots of antioxidant-rich foods to help prevent macular degeneration from developing as you age.

Cataracts

Although cataracts are more common in older patients, they can occur in people of any age. Resulting in a clouding and darkening of the eye lens, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the United States and worldwide. The good news is that surgery and other treatments can do a lot to reverse the effects of cataracts, and people who are experiencing blurry or foggy vision, poor night vision, or color halos shouldn’t hesitate to visit Dr. Tracy for an exam.

Glaucoma

Annual eye exams can also help protect you from glaucoma, a condition in which increased pressure to the optic nerve leads to peripheral blindness. Although no cure exists for glaucoma, you can do a great deal to prevent the disease from worsening. If you’re experiencing eye pain, vision loss, blurry vision, or halos, schedule an appointment to check for this debilitating eye condition. If you have any signs suggesting that you may be at greater risk of developing glaucoma, or if you have a family history of this disease, you should see an ophthalmologist every six months.
 
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