It’s sad, but true. As we age, our eyesight ages with us which means it can become increasingly harder to read or see signs. The good news, though, is that there’s a lot that can be done to keep our vision in tip-top shape.
Some of the most common vision problems that arise as we age are diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. But what’s also true about many of these conditions is that if detected early, they can easily be managed to help preserve your vision.
Keep reading to learn more about some common sight-saving tests that can be performed at Georgia Vision Center in Hiawassee for you or a family member.
More commonly known as the “eye pressure test,” this procedure checks your eye’s intraocular pressure to see whether you’re at risk to develop glaucoma.
Used to detect blind spots and problems with peripheral vision by examining the full horizontal and vertical range and sensitivity of your vision, the results can also reveal glaucoma or early brain conditions such as the risk for stroke.
Your optometrist will use special eyedrops to dilate your pupil so the back of your eye can easily be checked for problems such as a detached retina or diabetic retinopathy.
As another test that uses eye drops, this exam lets the doctor examine the eye microscopically using, a low-powered microscope and a bright slit lamp.
If you’ve ever had an eye exam because of impaired vision, you’ve most likely had a refraction exam as a part of the process since it’s the test that determines what prescription you’ll need for contacts or glasses.
The bottom line is that you need to keep an eye on your vision to gain insight into other health conditions that may be on the horizon, and your optometrist is your best resource to make this happen. This is why it’s so important to schedule yearly eye exams and to make an immediate appointment with Georgia Vision Center if there’s ever a sudden or unexplained change in your vision.