Assessing & Diagnosing Eye Disease
We hope that your eyes remain happy and healthy for many years to come. However, eye diseases can happen to anyone, and although they are more common as we age, younger people can also develop issues with their vision and eye health.
One of the best ways to prevent irreparable damage to your vision is to see your eye care provider annually. The sooner we diagnose eye disease, the sooner we can prevent it from worsening.
Have your eyes assessed with a comprehensive exam.
Safeguard Your Sight
Age-related eye diseases are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. And although we can’t prevent getting older, we can safeguard ourselves against some eye diseases.
Early detection and prevention are paramount to protecting your vision. Unfortunately, many eye diseases develop without any early symptoms, but we can detect them through imaging performed at your eye exam.
Recognizing Eye Disease
Knowing what an eye disease is, how it affects your vision, and what you can do to prevent it can help you create good eye health habits. Eating well, exercising, and refraining from smoking are 3 easy steps you can take to prolong your overall health and the health of your eyes.
Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens, causing blurred vision. They can occur at any age and can be managed early with glasses or contact lenses. However, for proper treatment, the lens must be surgically removed from the eye and replaced with an artificial one. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve. In its early stages, it’s common for patients not to notice any symptoms or damage because it first affects your peripheral vision and works its way inward. If glaucoma isn’t identified and managed, it can cause vision loss or blindness. Regular eye exams are key to identifying glaucoma early.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central part of the eye’s retina, the macula, making it hard to focus clearly on objects. Similar to other eye diseases, AMD can go unnoticed without regular eye exams. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50.
As patients age, lifestyle changes may be suggested to prevent or manage AMD. These can include wearing sunglasses and reducing UV exposure, and increasing vitamins and nutrients.
The fragile blood vessels in your eyes can swell if your blood sugar levels remain high. Diabetic retinopathy results from blood vessels breaking and leaking fluid in front of your retina, the part of your eye responsible for converting light into the images we see. The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk is for developing diabetic retinopathy.
Checking Your Eye Health
If you experience any changes in your vision or notice signs or symptoms of potential eye disease, have your eyes checked by one of our optometrists. Make sure you schedule routine eye exams for your best defense against harmful eye diseases. Request your appointment today.
Our office is located in Vancouver, Washington off the SR-500 and I-205 (War Veterans Memorial Freeway) across from the Vancouver Mall. We have plenty of accessible parking available in the parking lot outside our building.
- 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop, Ste 110
- Vancouver, Washington 98662
- Phone: 360-254-5855
- Fax: 360-885-0661
- Text: 360-254-5855
- Email: [email protected]
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed