All month long, here at Nationwide Vision, our dedicated Arizona eye doctors have been working hard to bring awareness to a condition that can seriously affect your vision: diabetes.
While it’s well known that diabetes can increase your chance of heart attacks, kidney damage, and cancer, many aren’t aware that diabetes can also have severe consequences for your eyesight.
October is Eye Injury Prevention Month and we want to help you keep your vision healthy throughout your life!
The number one thing you can do to prevent eye injuries is wear protective eyewear. But guess what, more than half of people aren’t doing this. This is super important when performing home repairs and maintenance, and even when playing sports.
Picking out the perfect frames can be overwhelming with walls and walls of options, and you’re not sure where to being! Not to worry, we’ve got some tips and it all starts with your face shape.
June is National Cataract Awareness month and awareness is vital as cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally in people over 40 years old. Not good! Cataracts affect 22 million Americans and typically begins to affect your vision after age 60, although some develop as early as their 40’s. By the time you turn 80 you have a 50% chance of having a cataract or having undergone cataract surgery. Those are odds you don’t want to mess around with.
April is Sports Eye Safety Month and we want to help keep this top of mind as you live your active lifestyles to protect those peepers.
Did you know that sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, baseball and softball? And that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, most commonly caused by sports-related activities in school aged-children.
Dr. Joseph Myers, OD FAAO
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually reduces central vision, making reading and driving difficult. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that gives you 95% of your vision, including color vision. The macula is located in the center of the retina where we get our central and most important vision. With AMD, the disruption of the macular tissues inhibits a sharp image, resulting in a painless, gradual loss of vision.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness month and awareness is vital as Glaucoma can cause vision loss without any symptoms. Scary, right?! Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, rarely causes symptoms until it’s in an advanced stage. Hence why it’s known as the silent thief of sight.
Being proactive and getting your eyes checked regularly is incredibly important as your eye doctor can spot the signs of glaucoma like worse peripheral vision (side vision), optic nerve damage and elevated eye pressure.
Diabetic retinopathy results from complications related to diabetes. It is characterized by the weakening of tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. Blood and other fluid leak from the weakened vessels, which can injure the retina, leading to loss of vision and can lead to blindness.
To diagnose diabetic retinopathy, your eye doctor will ask about your diabetes. Then, he or she will do a complete eye exam. You may have the following:
Astigmatism is a “refractive error.” Refractive errors cause problems with the way light rays focus within the eye. Astigmatism focuses light in such a way that both nearby and faraway objects can appear blurry.
A normal cornea is smooth and equally curved over its entire surface. Having astigmatism simply means that the abnormal shape of your cornea prevents you from seeing as well as you should. If the problem is severe enough, you may need corrective eyewear, such as eyeglasses, to see better.
A condition where items that are farther away appear blurry.
Myopia is fairly common in children. The problem is usually detected between the ages of 8 and 12 and nearly always before the age of 20. Often the severity of problem increases as the body grows rapidly, eventually leveling off in adulthood.
Difficulty seeing distant objects is the main symptom of myopia. A teacher is often the first to notice that a child is squinting to see the blackboard or is having trouble seeing faraway objects.