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If you've never had problems with your eyesight, the last thing on your mind is probably making an appointment to get a regular eye examination. Unfortunately, when it comes to your eye health, this can be a dangerous way to think. At L.P. Britt PA we recommend that all of our patients over the age of 40 have their eyes examined every year, even if they think they have perfect eyesight. Older people are much more likely to develop a long list of eye problems, and many of them can grow for weeks or months without causing any symptoms.
As your eyes age, they become much more susceptible to many different eye diseases. In many cases, these diseases can not only cause blindness if left untreated, they can be growing in your eyes for long periods of time without you even knowing it. By the time most eye diseases get bad enough to affect your eyesight enough to be noticed, it can be too late for an effective treatment program. Early treatment is the key to successfully delaying or preventing progression in these diseases, and the only way to achieve this is through regular eye examinations.
During the examination, Dr. Britt will use a variety of instruments to look at the interior of your eyes to assess their health. Some of the major problems he'll be looking for during your exam are:
All four of these eye diseases are very common in older people. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world when left untreated. Fortunately, for most of these diseases, if our doctor diagnoses them early we can devise a treatment plan that can stop the problem before it gets serious.
If you've spent the last few decades thinking of optometrists as doctors who prescribe glasses and contact lenses, you probably haven't thought much about your general eye health. Vision correction is just a small part of what our doctor can do for you. Your eye health is an important part, as well. If you haven't had your eyes examined in at least a year, give us a call to make an appointment. Call our office at (662) 844-3436 and we'll schedule an appointment right away.