Visiting the Eye Doctor Regularly, Even if You Have 20/20 Vision
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- Glaucoma: Only an eye doctor can diagnose glaucoma, which is the leading cause of vision loss. Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, shows no symptoms, so you may not notice something is wrong until you’ve already lost significant vision.
- Macular Degeneration: More than 10 million Americans are affected by Age-Related Macular Degeneration. This dangerous disease is the leading cause of vision loss for Americans aged 65 and older. Regularly visiting an eye doctor can lead to early diagnosis, which will ensure proper treatment and improve your outcome.
- High Blood Pressure: If you’re not seeing your primary doctor often, eye doctors can test for high blood pressure and hypertension, which have been found to affect your vision. Hypertension has been linked to issues with the retina that can prematurely impact your sight.
- Diabetes: As with high blood pressure, eye doctors regularly check for diabetes by looking closely at the blood vessels of the eye. Diabetes shows no visible symptoms, and can lead to a number of health issues including diabetic retinopathy and vision loss.
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