If you have diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and/or increased levels of cholesterol, it is recommended you have a full ophthalmological examination for screening, even if you don’t notice any visual symptoms. And if you are already experiencing blurry vision, wavy lines or little specks that float across your field of vision, a prompt examination should be done.
Age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are two conditions among the top causes for severe vision loss in this country, and in almost every instance, early detection can be beneficial.
These conditions can produce bleeding or leakage of fluid in the macula (which is the central part of your retina, the layer that helps you see the world) and left without treatment, can progress to scarring and irreversible damage.
Prevention is the best way to avoid getting sick in general, so keeping blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight under control can alleviate many problems, including visual. Exercise and a balanced diet have a profound effect in the health of your eyes as well as your body.
But while exercising or simply driving around, please wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the sun as just as you protect your skin with sun block. Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays will slow down the aging process that occurs in all the structures around as well as within the eye.
We are privileged to live and work in one of the most beautiful areas of New York, if not the nation. So stay active, live healthy and check your body, including your eye exam, to enjoy a life of plentiful colors.