What Can Routine Eye Checkups Prevent?
We’re all aware of the various routine health checks that we need to have throughout our lives. From development assessments for newborns, babies, and children through to the scans we undergo when we reach our latter years.
But what about our eyes? This area of health is just as vital and warrants regular assessments that will guarantee that we benefit from the best vision throughout our life.
The following are some of the common and rare conditions that routine eye care can diagnose, plus an overview of the treatments available to rectify, improve, or prevent from getting worse.
Why You Need Routine Eye Care
- Common conditions picked up by routine eye care
- Rare conditions picked up by routine eye care
Common conditions picked up by routine eye care
There are many common eye conditions that are picked up through regular eye exams. By far the most frequent are those of refractive errors, such as near-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism.
Allergies and dry eyes are also common problems, as are the early stages of blepharitis, conjunctivitis, and floaters.
More serious conditions that are also often picked up include:
- Colour blindness
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal detachment
Rare conditions picked up by routine eye care
It might come as a surprise that some non-vision-related conditions are often first noticed during a routine eye examination. Eyes can be considered as a window into the entire health of the body. This means that symptoms can first manifest here before any other outward signs become apparent.
These include signs of:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Multiple sclerosis
- Heart disease
- Lyme disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Vitamin A deficiency
Treatment of Eye Conditions
- Dry eyes and allergies
- The treatment of more serious conditions
Dry eyes and allergies
Common conditions, including dry eyes and allergies, can often be successfully treated with over-the-counter medication. However, many people require further intervention, such as prescription eye drops, mast cell treatment, or corticosteroids.
Working with an eye doctor who specializes in such treatments is key to finding the right combination of medication and/or treatments that work to reduce symptoms.
The treatment of more serious conditions
If a serious condition—be it vision-related or not—is picked up during a routine eye examination, the next steps will be determined by what that condition is. It will also depend on the type of eye doctor who’s carrying out the exam. The highest grade of eye professional, an ophthalmologist, is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of eyes.
Such a clinician may be able to treat certain eye conditions, such as glaucoma or those ath are diabetic related. However, this might need to be done in conjunction with other specialists who they’ll refer you to. Other eye professionals, such as opticians and optometrists, will refer you to the right medically qualified doctor for definitive diagnosis and treatment.
If the condition is related to another area of expertise, such as cardiology or neurology, then the eye doctor will refer you to the right branch of medicine where the symptoms can be further explored and any necessary treatment put in place.
Don’t Delay. Get the Best Routine Eye Care at the West Boca Eye Center
Routine eye care is something the West Boca Eye Center clinicians advocate for all their patients. From age-specific child monitoring, through your twenties, mid-life, and into your older years, our expertise means that both common and rare conditions will be picked up at the earliest stage.
Don’t leave your eyesight to chance. Call us and book your next eye exam today.
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