Eye Doctors in Campbelltown, PA
My eyes are fine! I don’t need an eye doctor! Do you say that about going to your doctor or dentist? Probably not, so why do you keep from going to the eye doctor. Your eyes are just as important. In fact, eye exams are important at every age and life stage. Keep your vision strong. If you are in Campbelltown, PA, come see us at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania at the nearby Lebanon location.
Your Eyesight May Not Be Perfect
Many of our patients come to their first appointment and tell us their eyesight is just fine. We recommend glasses or contact lenses and the first time the patient puts them on, he or she is simply astounded that their world has come into a clearer view. Fine print is sharper when reading and street signs are clearer when driving. It may surprise you to learn that 11 million Americans need vision correction, and this can start as early as age 12.
Many eye diseases don’t have symptoms and therefore go unnoticed. A regular eye exam is often the only way to detect early disease, therefore eye exams are very important in preserving your vision. We perform comprehensive dilated eye exams. The dilation of the eye allows our eye doctors to examine the internal structures of the eye for early signs of disease. Eye drops are used to enlarge the pupils; a dilated eye exam is most effective and the best way to prevent vision loss.
Spotting Other Conditions
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. Doctors can detect a condition called diabetic retinopathy in the eye. Over time, diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the back of the eye. In fact, diabetic retinopathy left untreated is the leading cause of blindness in the US.
People over age 60 are more prone to cataracts, a clouding of the lens caused by a protein buildup. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness, but surgery is available to quickly and easily remedy the problem. Glaucoma is actually a group of diseases caused by high eye pressure that damages the optic nerve, and age-related macular degeneration is another issue involving thegradual breakdown of light-sensitive cells in the eye.
Although over 90 million adults in the US are at high risk for vision loss, only half have regular eye exams. We cannot stress the importance of regular eye exams enough. This eye care can be life-changing with an impact of preserving your vision.
Everyone with diabetes or a history of diabetes in the family is encouraged to have an annual dilated eye exam. Certain people are at higher risk of glaucoma and should have a dilated eye exam every 2 years: adults over age 60, African Americans and Hispanic Americans over age 40 and people with a family history of glaucoma.
Early treatment is critically important but can only be done with a regular eye exam. Prevent eye diseases by scheduling your appointment with us today. If you’re in Campbelltown, PA, our eye doctors are standing by in the Lebanon office to take your call.
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