Not all eye diseases can be cured, but they can all be managed effectively, more so when they are detected in their earliest stages. At Stanhope Eye Associates, we recommend that you come in for a yearly comprehensive eye exam, which makes diagnosis simple. However, if you notice anything unusual with your eyes or a change in your vision, you should come to our optometry office Stanhope promptly, regardless of how much time has passed since your last checkup.
The four most common eye diseases are cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Cataracts and glaucoma can develop in anyone, no matter how young or old, and regardless of gender, ethnic background, or heredity. Diabetic retinopathy is a concern for anyone with type one or type two diabetes. And macular degeneration can happen from age 40 and up. One thing they all have in common is that they don’t reveal any noticeable signs in their early stages. They can progress without you having any idea about it. By the time you experience symptoms, it is generally an indication that the disease has reached an advanced stage, and you may have already sustained harm to your eyes or a degree of vision loss, both of which might not be reversible. Your annual visit to our optometry office Stanhope will permit treatment and management to begin as soon as possible. This could mean eyeglasses or contact lenses with cataracts, or laser treatments for glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration have their own treatment protocols, though in the case of macular degeneration, the goal is to slow its progression. The earlier it is detected, the longer you are likely to retain some degree of vision.
For a yearly eye exam or to have existing symptoms evaluated, call us and schedule a visit to our optometry office Stanhope.