It’s easy to take good eyesight for granted, that is until you develop a condition that leads to vision problems. If you’re like many Americans, you’ll face some type of vision problem in your lifetime, and when you do, Alicia R. Grove, OD, and the expert eye team at Whitson Vision in Indianapolis and Avon, Indiana, can provide solutions. From refractive errors to glaucoma and other common vision conditions, patients of all ages receive state-of-the-art treatment and benefit from the best technology for correcting vision problems. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Some of the most common vision problems include:
Many vision problems occur as part of the aging process, while others are inherited or the result of an existing health condition.
Refractive errors occur due to your eyes’ inability to bend light correctly to interpret images. Your eyeball, cornea, and lens must all be ideally shaped to be able to refract or bend, light so it lands perfectly on your retina. Your retina interprets the images you see and sends that information to your brain through the optic nerve.
When the light you see doesn’t refract and land where it should on your retina, you have trouble seeing up close, far away, or both. The most common refractive errors include:
Refractive errors can occur at any age, and can generally be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery.
The best way to maintain optimal vision and eye health is to have annual eye exams before age 18 and after age 65, and every two years in between. If you have a medical eye condition that requires more frequent attention, Dr. Grove advises you regarding an ideal exam schedule. Additionally, if you notice any of the following signs or changes to your vision or eye health, you should make an appointment for an eye exam:
If you’re diabetic, you’re more susceptible to damage of the blood vessels in your retina, a condition known as diabetic retinopathy. The best way to avoid this vision problem is to keep your diabetes under control. Dr. Grove conducts an eye exam that’s specifically for people with diabetes. Proper eye care can decrease potential complications as a result of diabetes.
To learn more about preventing vision problems or ways to manage and correct existing ones, call Whitson Vision or use online booking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Grove today.