Written by Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc.,*
If you are like most people, you are concerned at some point about your health. If you get a little ache or pain, you run for a pain reliever. If you are coughing or sniffling you quickly rummage through the medicine cabinet looking for the cold medication. But what about the health of something as important as your eyes?
Although your sight may not always be on your front burner, it's just as important as any other aspect of your health. This is a top reason why Nevada Eye & Ear is encouraging anyone and everyone to take the opportunity of Healthy Eyes & Vision Month to make their eye health a priority.
Caring for Your Vision
Healthy Eyes & Vision Month is a terrific reason for you to learn more about the various nuances of eye health, and to ensure that you understand the importance of frequent eye examinations with eye doctors like the ones at Nevada Eye & Ear. Generally, when it comes to eye-related problems, early detection, and timely treatments are the best way to prevent vision loss and potential blindness. Unfortunately, many people who are at risk of losing their vision aren't aware of it, and millions of people throughout the United States are currently living with undetected eye conditions.
Could You be at Risk?
Most people comment that losing their eyesight is one of the senses that they most fear losing. Unfortunately, many of us neglect to pay attention to our vision until we actually notice a problem. Many of the most common diseases that can lead to blindness and vision loss, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, or age-related macular degeneration can arise without any early symptoms or warning signs.
By engaging in regular eye exams with a vision professional, you are more likely to ensure that your eyes remain healthy and working to the best of their ability. However, it's worth noting that the risk of blindness and vision loss appears to be tied to socioeconomic and demographic factors. For example, you may find that you are at higher risk of suffering from eye disease if you have a history of the issue in your family, are Hispanic, African American, American Indian, or over fifty years of age.
As the name implies, older adults are generally at higher risk of suffering from age-related conditions and eye diseases such as glaucoma, AMD (age related macular degeneration), and cataracts. AMD is one of the most significant and leading causes of vision loss in Caucasians.
How to Protect Your Sight
If you find that you are at a potentially higher risk of eye disease, a comprehensive and expertly conducted dilated eye exam could be the best method of protecting your vision. With a dilated eye exam, an eye professional from Nevada Eye & Ear can painlessly check your vision by placing drops into the eye that widen the pupil and allow for an in depth look into the back of the eye. It’s a great way to celebrate Healthy Eye s & Vision Month.
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*Lisa Marie Wark, MBA owns a social media agency and is a business development consultant with a concentration in medical spas and alternative clinics. Currently she is President of Lisa Marie Wark, MBA & Assoc., a business development and social media firm that provides physicians the necessary business tools to help them build or expand their practices into fee for service business models.