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.
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.
Dr. Joseph Myers OD FAAO
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults, occurring in 29.1 million individuals. It can occur in one or both of the eyes, and if not treated can result in permanent vision loss. Diabetes symptoms can vary from normal vision to complete vision loss. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, nor is there any pain. Blurred vision may occur as the disease progresses. The earlier you receive treatment, the more likely treatment will be effective and vision can be maintained.
If you have vision problems, but don’t like the hassle of caring for contact lenses or glasses, LASIK may be the option for you.
LASIK, or “laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” is a type of refractive surgery used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The procedure is generally quick and pain free, taking about 15 minutes to complete for both eyes.
Before the Procedure
Protecting your eyes from ultraviolet damage caused by sun exposure is an important part of preventing eye problems later in life. Cumulative exposure to the sun’s UV rays is a common cause of cataracts and other eye diseases.
Glaucoma is a condition in which a build-up of pressure inside the eye, referred to as “intraocular pressure,” causes damage to the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. Prolonged damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure can lead to irreversible vision loss or blindness.
Today in the US, primary open-angle glaucoma (the most common type) affects an estimated 2.2 million people. An aging population will raise that number by more than a million by 2020
There are two main types of Glaucoma:
Wearing contact lenses and glasses can sometimes feel inconvenient, and it’s for that reason many people choose to improve their vision permanently with laser vision correction techniques, such as LASIK. But before someone can receive LASIK, a patient needs to meet a set of criteria—this is important for the LASIK procedure to be successful. For example, if a patient is over the age of 40, he/she is less likely to be a good candidate for LASIK. Thankfully, there are other effective options for a patient to choose from when it comes to corrective surgery.
Selecting the lenses that best fit your needs can be just as important as the style and fit of the frames. Different types of lenses each have their pros and cons, and at Nationwide Vision, we can help determine what’s right for you.
Types of Lenses
Glass lenses function well, but tend to be heavy and can break easily, potentially resulting in serious injury to the eye. Glass lenses are no longer widely used for eyeglasses.