Our eyes are the most significant factor in how we experience the world. They help us decipher everything happening around us and keep us safe as we maneuver our way through everyday life. But just like every other part of our bodies, our eyes are subject to age and health conditions.
Eye doctors encounter a number of health issues each day. Just like any area of medicine, there are hundreds of complex conditions associated with the eyes. So, what are the most common eye problems and when should you visit your optometrist?
The most common eye problems are cataracts, myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and glaucoma. Here are a few details about these conditions:
Cataracts cause the natural lens of the eye to become clouded. Cataracts are often easily resolved with simple optical surgery.
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. People with myopia can see up close but not far away.
Hyperopia is the medical term for farsightedness. People who have hyperopia can see far away but not up close.
Presbyopia is similar to farsightedness, but it only happens in people who are older. Presbyopia is caused by aging problems and not genetics.
Glaucoma is related to the pressure in someone’s eyes, and it can lead to blindness if not treated quickly.
Depending on your particular eye condition, there is likely a simple solution. In the case of nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (presbyopia), your doctor could prescribe glasses or contacts to correct the problem. With cataracts, a simple surgery can get rid of the lens clouding.
Glaucoma is a bit more complex to treat, but it’s often handled with special eye drops or sometimes an eye procedure. However, most people who catch their glaucoma early enough usually never suffer from any type of vision loss. The symptoms of glaucoma are mostly obvious and people get their condition taken care of before it results in damaged optic nerves.
Being examined by an eye doctor on a regular basis can help you prevent any type of basic vision problem from impeding your life.
Gould Vision has provided quality eye care to thousands of patients. With the persistence of our founder and head optometrist, Dr. Adina Gould, our state-of-the-art Miami Beach facility was completed in August 2009. Our centrally-located office also serves the nearby areas of Surfside, Bay Harbor Islands, and South Beach, Florida.