The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association recommend that all adults, even those without signs or risk factors for eye disease, get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40.
Why? Well, simply put, the earlier eye disease is diagnosed, the better the chance your vision will stay healthy as you age. Research shows that many people share the misguided belief that seeing well translates to good eye health. As a result, they often don’t see an eye care professional regularly, or take the necessary steps to protect their eyes from things like UV (ultraviolet) damage. Eye care professionals are a critical part of your primary care medical team.
Some common eye diseases can start to develop without any symptoms, and 40 is the age when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. So even though your eyes may feel fine and your vision is good, take the time to schedule that screening at 40. Based on the results of the initial screening, your eye doctor will develop a schedule for follow-up exams.
Age-related eye diseases including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are expected to dramatically increase — from 28 million today to 43 million by the year 2020. Left untreated, these diseases can cause serious vision loss and blindness.
Much like regular mammograms and diabetes screenings, eye disease screening will help identify signs of disease at an early stage, when many treatments can have the greatest impact. Eye care professionals can also identify some medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, just by looking in your eyes.
The optometric physicians at the five locations of Frantz EyeCare are primary eye care providers who specialize in examination and diagnosis of eye diseases, vision conditions, testing for eyeglasses and contact lenses, and provide pre and post-operative care of surgery patients.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the main office of Frantz EyeCare at 239.418.0999 or visit www.bettervision.net.
Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS, is named in The Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists. He and his team of doctors at Frantz EyeCare offer a broad spectrum of patient-focused comprehensive care from routine eye exams to bladeless laser cataract removal, bladeless WaveLight LASIK, treatment of eye diseases, treatment of dry eyes, and facial and body rejuvenation with office locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Lehigh Acres, and Naples.