By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease.
Many sight-robbing conditions can be effectively treated if detected early enough, in many cases limiting or eliminating the damage to eyesight. During the month of May, Quigley Eye Specialists joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in sharing valuable information about how to take care of your vision.
Four eye diseases — age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts — account for most cases of adult blindness and low vision among people in developed countries.
Because these eye diseases cause no pain and often have no early symptoms, they do not automatically prompt people to seek medical care. But a thorough checkup by an ophthalmologist can detect them in their earliest stages. Early treatment is vital because it can slow or halt disease progression or, in the case of cataracts, restore normal vision.
A thorough eye exam can also detect other health conditions, such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and some cancers. It’s not uncommon for a trip to the ophthalmologist to actually save a life.
Quigley Eye Specialists urges you to follow these five simple steps to take control of your eye health today:
Get a comprehensive medical eye exam at age 40.
Know your family history.
Eat healthy foods.
Quigley Eye Specialists urges everyone, especially those over age 40, to get regular eye exams.
By making vision of priority, you can help protect your sight as you age.
To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, visit www.QuigleyEye.com or the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® website.
Dr. Mark Liebetreu is an ophthalmologist with Quigley Eye Specialists. Technology leaders in eye care, Quigley Eye Specialists specializes in cataracts, laser cataract surgery, glaucoma, LASIK, dry eye, eyelid surgery, retinal issues, corneal conditions, facial plastic surgery and routine eye care. The practice has served the region for more than 30 years with locations throughout South Florida including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, North Port, Venice and Coral Gables. For more information, call 239-466-2020 or visit www.QuigleyEye.com