The only thing more rewarding than successfully treating an eye problem is preventing it from happening in the first place. We see prevention as having two parts: wellness examinations and preventive intervention. The purpose of wellness examinations is to identify eye disease in its beginning stages to allow for early treatment and better visual outcomes.
Wellness examinations take place when you feel everything is normal. Preventive intervention happens when we know you are at risk of sight loss and we must help you make changes in order to improve your outcome.
Good eye sight is a blessing that most of us take for granted. It is a common misconception that if you have good vision and eye comfort that you don’t have problems with your eyes. In fact, your visual performance today is a poor prediction of what you will encounter tomorrow.
Most major causes of sight loss have no symptoms in their early stages when they are most treatable. We can be glad that most of the leading causes of sight loss are preventable with early intervention. Thus, your best chance of maintaining excellent eyesight throughout your lifetime is through regularly scheduled preventive care. A comprehensive eye examination involves a lot more than just testing your vision. Click here to see what is involved in a comprehensive eye exam. Click here to see our recommended frequency of preventive eye health care. These guidelines are derived from the American Optometric Association.
We know that certain individuals are more likely to lose their sight. Your genetic makeup and lifestyle choices play a major role in predicting the future of your sight. Most people who have sight loss carry genetic risk factors. For example, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, all leading causes of sight loss, have genetic tendencies. If that were the whole story then it would be easy to resign our fate, but there is hope. The way our genes express themselves can often be altered by lifestyle choices. Diet, exercise, and healthy habits play a role in improving your odds for the future. Some of the changes we prescribe may include:
- Prescribing Spectacles, safety eyewear, or contact lenses
- Prescribing medication
- Prescribing at home treatments with over the counter products
- Nutrition or lifestyle counseling including supplements
- Recommended follow-up care to ensure your condition is controlled
Our commitment to you is to stay up to date on the latest treatments and technologies to ensure that you are able to enjoy your eyesight throughout your lifetime!