Dry Eyes

Dry Eyes 2017-04-20T12:26:47+00:00

Dry Eyes

Everyone experiences some eye discomfort. But if your eyes frequently burn, itch, or feel gritty, you may be experiencing symptoms of Dry Eye Disease. Over time, symptoms of Dry Eye Disease may get worse. Dry Eye Disease may lead to damage on the eye surface. It can also impact your vision, making everyday activities like driving at night or working on a computer more difficult.

The good news is that the doctors at North Georgia Eye Clinic  can provide treatment options to help you manage Dry Eye Disease.

Ophthalmologists Encourage Making Your Eyes Part of a Healthy Aging Strategy

[Note: September is #HealthyAgingMonth, and North GA Eye is pleased to share this article in addition to tips throughout the month on our Facebook Page. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an eye exam.]

Healthy Aging Month - Eye CareAccording to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, North Georgia Eye Clinic joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in emphasizing the importance of having regular eye exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision.

Some of the more common age-related eye diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help to save sight before vision loss occurs . Ophthalmologists – the physicians that specialize in medical and surgical eye care – recommend a dilated comprehensive eye exam as the best way to prevent these conditions from becoming debilitating.

U.S. Adults Do Not Get Eye Exams as Often as Recommended

The survey results emphasize a need for more education about the importance of medical eye exams. Findings showed that 64 percent of adults had at least one or more of the following issues with their eyes or vision:

  • difficulty seeing at night
  • blurry vision
  • reading up close
  • flashes of light
  • red, watery eyes
  • double vision

Despite experiencing some level of impairment, only 13 percent admitted they had been seen by an ophthalmologist.

How Often Do Adults Need Eye Exams?

The Academy recommends that a healthy adult get a baseline eye exam at age 40, even if they have no history of eye problems or eye disease. Those who have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may require more frequent exams.

Those over age 65 who may be concerned about cost or lack of health insurance, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program offers eligible seniors a comprehensive eye exam and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost.

The Most Common Age-Related Diseases and Conditions

For more information, visit https://nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/aging_eye

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