Some people here in the Triangle are lucky enough to have great vision most of their lives, turning to eyeglasses or contact lenses only as they approach and pass middle-age. In fact, many Triangle residents probably assume that corrective lenses will naturally be a part of aging. Park Ophthalmology reminds everyone that there are things people can do while young to hold off age-related vision loss. Raleigh-Durham area patients of Dr. Beth R. Friedland know that she will always provide the most current information about keeping eyes healthy.
Here are three easy steps Beth R. Friedland M.D. recommends her patients practice long before corrective lenses are necessary:
- Baseline examination: Vision changes begin to show up after age 40, so a baseline vision exam is recommended at that age, even for those who have never needed corrective lenses. Common age-related eye conditions, including glaucoma and macular degeneration, may not have symptoms at age 40, but Dr. Friedland will be able to see the early signs and begin effective treatment promptly.
- Know family history: Glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration all have a tendency to run in families. Someone who has a close relative with age-related macular degeneration has a 50 percent chance of developing the disease, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Patients with a family history of glaucoma need to share that information with their eye care professional because glaucoma symptoms often go unnoticed by the patient until significant vision loss has already occurred.
- End bad habits; start good ones: Smoking carries many risks, including increasing chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Ending this bad habit is a good choice for eye health. Promote eye health by eating well. Foods that provide essential nutrients for the eyes include carrots, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, salmon and tuna.
Dr. Friedland and the Park Ophthalmology staff are always pleased to answer questions and provide specifics about how to preserve good vision into middle-age and the golden years. If you’re nearing your 40th birthday, contact our office about setting up a baseline exam.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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Durham, NC 27713
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