As we age, we become more susceptible to conditions and disease that threaten to take our vision. However, most causes of blindness can be prevented or treated if you make a commitment to have comprehensive eye exams at least twice a year. Many people try to ignore problems with their sight, or attribute their sight problems to “getting old.” However, by being proactive and vigilant, eye problems may be able to be reversed! Ignoring vision problems will only lead to further damage that may be irreversible.
If you have any of the following symptoms, please make an appointment to see your doctor or a vision professional today.
- Cloudy Vision
- Discoloration of the eye
- Pain in the eye
- Central vision impaired
- Watery eyes
- Eye discharge
- Spots or streaks in vision
- Cloudy or dark on the edges of vision field
- Dry or itchy eyes
- Low vision (even with corrective glasses, contacts, medicine or surgery)
If your insurance does not cover two vision checkups per year, there are often discounts available from many vision care centers. For example, we offer a discount card (MedicarePlusCard.com) that is accepted at most retail and chain vision care professionals. It is free and you can print the card out and call the 800 number to find out where it is accepted in your area. You could save up to 50% off retail prices.
If you are afraid of getting your vision checked, here are some tips for you:
- Write down what you want to say. List any problems you are having, so that you do not forget to tell the doctor during your exam.
- Bring a friend. Ask a friend, spouse or family member to go with you to the doctor. He or she can help ensure that you receive the attention and care that you need.
- Find a doctor you are comfortable with. If your doctor makes you uncomfortable or unhappy, find a new one! Your insurance provider should have an online finder tool and/or a phone number on your insurance card that you can call to find a new provider in your network.
- Reward yourself! Plan something fun or special for yourself as a reward for going to the doctor.
For more information about preventing blindness, check out the non-profit organization, preventblindness.org. They have useful descriptions and checklists of all kinds of eye problems, a glossary of vision terms and scholarly articles about vision-related topics.