Best Eye Doctors in Blandon PA
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Our doctors often hear, “My eyes are fine!” from patients at the start of an eye exam. Most of our patients don’t feel they need to see an eye doctor, but they still come to regularly scheduled annual eye exams. Has it been a while since your last exam? If so, the best eye doctors in Blandon PA are at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania and are ready for you to be our next new patient.
Eye exams are particularly important for patients over age 60. After this age, there is a higher risk of eye conditions like macular degeneration and glaucoma. Many of our older patients have chronic health conditions like diabetes that can cause complications for the eyes. With diabetes, the high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels near the optic nerve, a condition called diabetic retinopathy. When the blood vessels are damaged, the light-sensitive cells in the retina are deprived of nutrients and this damage can lead to permanent vision loss. This retinopathy is preventable, and that is why we recommend that our patients with diabetes have a dilated eye exam at least every year if not more frequently. Early detection and early treatment translate to 90 percent of these cases with delayed or prevented vision loss. However, we have a big issue in our offices because we know that only about half of all patients with diabetes get regular eye exams. Left untreated, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the US. This is a sad situation that we hate to see because an eye exam makes all the difference. If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with diabetes, please come see us. It is that important.
Other Eye Conditions
Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk for other eye diseases like glaucoma and at higher risk of developing cataracts. The eyes are often the first to show signs of disease. This explains another reason why eye exams are important in catching signs early on. During an eye exam, doctors often see signs of other diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes. Quite often, an eye doctor will spot these signs even before your primary doctor does.
Cataracts are more prevalent in our over 60 patients. Proteins in the eye break down and cause cataract buildup on the lens of the eye. This is a natural part of aging, but left untreated, a cataract can eventually lead to blindness when the buildup becomes severe. Cataract surgery fixes the problem; it is a quick, easy and safe procedure – one of the safest surgeries you can have.
Despite the fact that over 90 million adults in the US have a high risk for vision loss due to these issues, only about half of these patients will have regular eye exams. Eye care is life-changing, and we must stress the importance of regular eye exams for preserving your precious eyesight. Regardless of the eye condition, early treatment is critically important but can only be done with a regular eye exam.
Eye exams are important at every age, not just for those over age 60. Children need eye exams before starting school. Teens and young adults are spending more and more time in front of a computer screen these days, and as a result, we are seeing patients develop nearsightedness at much earlier ages.
Has it been a while since your last exam? Are you looking for an eye doctor? Remember, the best eye doctors in Blandon PA are at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We are ready for you to be our next new patient. Give us a call or schedule your appointment with us today.
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