The best way to prevent degenerative eye disease is to get a comprehensive eye exam. June is Cataract Awareness Month, so it would be the perfect time to schedule a check-up. Cataracts are the principal cause of blindness in the world and the leading cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of 40.
A comprehensive eye exam provides many more benefits than just cataract detection and intervention. When you have your eyes examined, your doctor evaluates you for:
- Refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
- Focusing problems like presbyopia, strabismus, amblyopia, and binocular vision
- Eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy
- Systemic conditions like high blood pressure or high cholesterol
If your eye doctor detects a cataract during a comprehensive eye exam, he or she can suggest possible treatments and a timeline that suits your schedule and budget. Cataracts often develop very slowly, so you have time to decide when you want to have your cataract removed. The great news is that cataract surgery is one of the safest, most routine surgeries performed today. You can feel confident that your doctor will discuss the most innovative and cutting-edge procedures to treat your cataracts. You and your doctor will also discuss the type of intraocular lens (IOL) that meets your unique vision needs: monofocal, astigmatism-correcting or multi-focal.
Celebrate Cataract Awareness Month by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam today. You will get an update on your eye health and stay one step ahead of cataracts! If you do not have an eye care professional, use our Physician Locator tool to find a qualified specialist near you.