- Eye Examination -
Did you know your eyes reveal insight concerning your overall health? In fact, your eyes provide early detection for many different diseases that can affect more than your vision.
Here is what we evaluate during your routine eye health examination:
Of course, we are always checking your eyesight to ensure proper vision. Your total eye health is extremely important to us and we do everything we can to make sure you receive the best personalized care as possible.
Did you know that the curve of your cornea determines how the light reflects into your retina and the type of image produced? We measure your cornea, record your vision, consult and recommend the best options available with all the latest technology!
We check for Glaucoma, a disease where high levels of pressure inside of your eye are present when your eyes fail to regulate pressure. Early detection of glaucoma is crucial to prevention of eyesight loss. We also watch for cataracts. This is when the internal lens of your eye becomes cloudy and necessitates replacement.
Do you know what binocular vision is? It is when each of your eyes forms its own image and transfers these images to the brain. The brain fuses these two images into one. In order for this to occur, your eyes must be aligned and produce the same size and shape image. When this does not happen, it's difficult to see clearly and usually causes strain and headaches.
We recommend getting a routine eye exam to look for signs and symptoms of possible diseases, not just eye diseases, during your regularly scheduled eye health evaluation.
Illnesses that discovered early on through signs in your eyes include high blood pressure, heart disease, and even diabetes.
This is why it’s important to leave your total eye care to the professionals at Thosoo Eyewear. We feel it is important to view your family history and watch for signs of possibly inherited diseases or disorders as another safeguard.
COMMON DISEASES CAUSE FROM
POOR EYE HEALTH
You use the lens of your eye every day, for everything from reading to driving to bird watching. With age, the proteins inside your lens can clump together turning the lens from clear to cloudy. Certain behaviors can put you at a higher risk for getting a cataract. These include:
too much time in the sun without eye protection
high blood sugar
using steroid medications
exposure to radiation
But you aren’t alone. Over 20 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts in one or both eyes, and 6 million have had corrective surgery. If you have any of the following symptoms, talk to your eye doctor soon.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages your optic nerve. The optic nerve supplies visual information to your brain from your eyes. Glaucoma is usually, but not always, the result of abnormally high pressure in your eyes.
Over time, the increased pressure can erode your optic nerve tissue, which leads to vision loss or even blindness. The most common type of glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma. It has no signs or symptoms except gradual vision loss. it’s important that you get yearly eye exams.
What causes the pressure in your eye to increase isn’t always known. However, doctors believe one or more of these factors may play a role:
dilating eye drops
blocked or restricted drainage in your eye
medications, such as corticosteroids
poor or reduced blood flow to your optic nerve
high or elevated blood pressure
Conjunctivitis ( Pink Eye )
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. When small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed, they're more visible. This is what causes the whites of your eyes to appear reddish or pink.
You will usually have symptoms in both eyes if your conjunctivitis is caused by allergies. You may also have other allergic symptoms, such as a rash or runny nose. Symptoms will usually start in 1 eye if your conjunctivitis is caused by a virus or bacteria. You may also have other symptoms of an infection, such as sore throat and fever. You may have any of the following:
Redness in the whites of your eye
Itching in or around your eye
Feeling like there's something in your eye
Watery or thick, sticky discharge
Crusty eyelids when you wake up in the morning
When left untreated, Diabetic retinopathy damages your retina. This is the lining at the back of your eye that transforms light into images. If your blood glucose level ( blood sugar )is too high for too long,
It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.
it blocks small blood vessels that keep the retina healthy. Your eye will try to grow new blood vessels, but they won’t develop well. They start to weaken and leak blood and fluid into your retina. This can cause another condition doctors call macular edema, which makes your vision blurry.
As your condition gets worse, more blood vessels become blocked. Scar tissue builds up because of all the new blood vessels your eye has grown. This extra pressure can cause your retina to detach. It can also lead to glaucoma and other problems that may result in blindness.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.
Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. This is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The retina’s central portion, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye, and it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.
One can compare the human eye to a camera. The macula is the central and most sensitive area of the so-called film. When it is working properly, the macula collects highly detailed images at the center of the field of vision and sends them up the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets them as sight. When the cells of the macula deteriorate, images are not received correctly. In early stages, macular degeneration does not affect vision.
If the disease progresses, people experience wavy or blurry vision, and, if the condition continues to worsen, central vision may be completely lost. People with very advanced macular degeneration are considered legally blind. Even so, because the rest of the retina is still working, they retain their peripheral vision, which is not as clear as central vision.