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Keep Your Eyes Healthy with a Regular Eye Exam

Keep Your Eyes Healthy with Regular Vision Exams

Regular eye care, including routine eye exams, does more than ensure your clear vision: it ensures your good health as well. The doctors of optometry at SVS Vision are specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of vision correction and disorders, as well as the detection of eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. They’re able to prescribe many ophthalmic medications and often participate in pre- and post-operative surgical care.

In addition we make sure your eyes see their best, work well together and are free from vision-related diseases.

For most people, a thorough eye examination is recommended annually and is crucial for children, those over age 40 and contact lens wearers. Consult your SVS Vision optometrist for advice about your specific needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Eye Care

If you are nearsighted you have a condition called myopia. Myopia is a vision disorder in which near objects appear clearly and distant objects do not come into focus properly.

If you are farsighted you have a condition called hyperopia. Hyperopia is a vision disorder in which distant objects appear clearly and near objects do not come into focus properly.

Astigmatism is a vision disorder that causes blurred vision at all distances. In severe cases it may cause distorted vision while mild cases may cause headaches, eye strain and fatigue. Most people have some degree of astigmatism.

When people reach a certain age, approximately 40 – 45 years, they will experience some natural loss of near focus. This normal vision condition is called presbyopia. With aging, the eye eventually becomes unable to focus instantaneously from distant objects to close objects. Presbyopia is not a disease and it cannot be prevented. Common signs include the tendency to hold reading materials at arms length, blurred vision at normal reading distance, eye fatigue and headaches while doing close work. Presbyopia can be alleviated with prescription lenses for reading only or with multifocal lenses, like progressive lenses.

A cataract is the clouding of the lens within the human eye, which results in distorted and blurred vision. Cataracts are most often found in individuals over age 50, but are occasionally found in younger people. Years of exposure to the sun’s harmful rays are believed to contribute to the formation of cataracts.

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the internal ocular pressure increases. This pressure, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness and it most often occurs in people over age 40. Glaucoma usually develops gradually and painlessly, without symptoms. It cannot be prevented, but when diagnosed and treated in its early stages it can be controlled.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) results from changes affecting the most precise portion of the retina, which is responsible for distinguishing visual detail. It is a leading cause of blindness. Central vision is the first to be lost with this disease. Low vision devices can be prescribed to maximize the remaining vision. Some studies suggest the progression of macular degeneration can be slowed with pharmacological-level doses of zinc, vitamins C and E and beta-carotene.

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