Having good vision is something many people take for granted, but those who struggle with vision impairment in some way or another appreciate the importance of having a competent and trustworthy optometrist. Advances in technology such as retinal imaging not only improve the way we diagnose our patients, but also make it easier to diagnose, treat and even prevent conditions from developing.
How Digital Imaging Aids Diagnosis
These imaging tests are useful for detecting a variety of optical conditions. These conditions include macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and diabetic retinopathy. In some of these cases, early diagnosis can prevent some of the damage done to the eye.
While there are several types of macular degeneration, the process is often the result of aging. The macula is a small part of the retina that nevertheless fulfils an important role, as it is responsible for the ability to see details clearly. Those suffering from macular degeneration may experience various symptoms, such as blurriness or an inability to see details clearly. Your peripheral vision is usually unaffected.
Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerves. It is associated with elevated pressure inside of the eye. As this pressure builds, it can permanently damage the optic nerves, resulted in impaired vision or even blindness. An OCT scan can detect if the eye is in the early stages of glaucoma, and preventative measures and treatments can minimize the effects.
Retinal detachment is just like it sounds. For one reason or another, the retina begins to pull itself away from the wall of the eye. If this is not caught in time and treated, it can lead to permanent blindness. It is sometimes caused by small tears in the retina that pull away from the inside lining of the eyeball.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a common side effect of diabetes. It is caused as a result of changes in the blood vessels flowing to the retina. These changes can include blood leaks, swollen vessels or even abnormal growths of new blood vessels to the retina.
Good vision should never be taken for granted. Optical diseases can strike at any time and can reduce perfect 20/20 vision to blindness. Take steps to protect your vision. Contact us today to setup an optical exam.