Do you know what you’re at risk for? Did you know that smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and arthritis, amongst many other conditions can put you at risk of certain eye conditions? Did you know that medications such a methotrexate, for example, that is used to treat arthritis can cause loss in vision?
Our team and doctors are dedicated to ensure you keep your eyes healthy. After all, you only have two. The way we treat our bodies, our nutrition and our genes can have an effect on which ocular conditions we are most at risk for.
Our team starts by doing a thorough analysis of your family history, your medical conditions, your current medications and your lifestyle.
Here are some common conditions that we look for and their risk profiles:
- Diabetes: We commonly see changes to the blood vessels with our diabetic patients. If sugars are not maintained at a proper level, we can see bleeding and swelling at the back of the eye, that can cause permanent loss of vision.
- Glaucoma: A family history of glaucoma can mean you, too, are at risk. The good news is that we have plenty of technology to help with early diagnosis, and therefore early treatment. Early intervention is crucial in glaucoma to prevent further vision loss.
- Age Related Macular Degeneration: Smoking, high blood pressure and family history are three common risk factors for macular degeneration. Increased exposure to UV light has also been proven to worsen the condition. In its early stages, you may not notice any changes in vision. Our newest technology will allow for earlier diagnosis, and our doctors will speak to you about how to reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration or progressing to a more severe stage.
- Cataracts: Everyone develops cataracts if you live until your elder years, but how fast it develops can vary. Diabetes, trauma and exposure to UV light have been linked to earlier cataract development and faster progression.
- Multiple Sclerosis: Around 55% of patients with MS have swelling of the optic nerve. For many patients this is often the first detected sign. Family history and female gender are two risk factors for developing multiple sclerosis.
See one of our doctors of optometry and they will assess your risk of developing these and many other conditions. We can also advise you how to reduce your risk of developing certain conditions.
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