Adult Vision Care in Des Plaines, IL
What is Adult Vision Care?
Adult vision care refers to any personal or professional preventive eye treatment that protects the eyes and preserves healthy vision over time. Annual ophthalmic eye exams are the most effective method of maintaining eye health, although there are ways to help maintain healthy vision on your own. Improving your vision can be done by adjusting habits and making dietary changes — eating foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals like copper and zinc are known to help protect the eyes from age-related conditions.
In addition to incorporating a healthy, balanced diet, the American Optometric Association recommends that adults receive a standard ophthalmic eye exam every one or two years. This non-invasive exam is performed by an ophthalmologist and is especially important for adults because vision typically worsens with age. Taking the time to complete a short eye exam can mean the difference between sightedness and blindness later in life.
Common Age-Related Eye Conditions:
There are several eye problems that become more prevalent in people as they age. Even adults who do not wear glasses are encouraged to complete their comprehensive medical eye examinations so their physicians can check for signs of developing eye and vision problems. Some of the most common age-related eye conditions ophthalmologists treat include:
- Presbyopia: Patients experience blurred vision when reading, sewing or working on the computer — it usually occurs around age 40.
- Computer vision syndrome: People who stare at computer screens for long periods of time often experience eye strain that causes headaches, dry eyes, fatigue and blurred vison.
macular degeneration: This condition occurs when the retina becomes damaged. This makes it difficult to see near objects.
- Dry eyes: When tears don't provide adequate moisture in the eyes, your eyes can feel uncomfortable and can even start to sting or burn.
- Floaters: These harmless tiny spots or specks that float across the field of vision can sometimes indicate more serious eye problems — like retinal detachment — so they should be checked by a professional.
Cataracts: This is the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 — it occurs when the lens becomes cloudy.
Glaucoma: This category of eye disorders causes damage to the optic nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain. This condition exhibits very few symptoms and is typically detected during routine eye exams.
Many eye conditions fail to exhibit side effects in their earliest stages; that's why standard ophthalmic exams are so important.
Symptoms and Diagnosis:
In today's technology-driven world, environmental stresses on the eyes—such as excessive computer or phone/tablet use—are unavoidable. These stressors often force the eyes to strain for extended periods of time, which causes headaches and/or other visual difficulties that make daily tasks difficult. The most common symptoms of age-related eye problems include:
- Tired eyes during/after reading or working at close distances
- Inflammation or pressure within the eye
- Hazy vision
- Difficulty distinguishing shades or intensity of colors
- Blurred or intermittent double vision
Early diagnosis and treatment are essential when it comes to maintaining vision that lasts a lifetime. With appropriate intervention, potentially blinding diseases often have more favorable outcomes. A standard ophthalmic exam is one way patients can ensure long-term eye health. During this comprehensive exam, the ophthalmologist performs a series of non-invasive tests that are designed to assess eye and vision health while also helping to determine whether the patient is at risk for eye disease. Following a brief discussion about the patient's medical history, the physician will perform tests to check for:
- Visual acuity
- Quality of three-dimensional (3D) vision
- Eyelid health and function
- Eye muscle coordination
- Pupil response to light
- Quality of peripheral vision
The treatment plan your physician provides following the exam depends on the diagnosis. For less serious disorders, treatment can be as simple as changing your contacts or eyeglasses prescription. Although in cases where the condition is not caught soon enough, treatment may require laser surgery or other surgical procedures. Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online for more information about adult vision care.
The Midwest Center for Sight
Address8901 W Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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