Eye Diseases

Diseases and disorders of the eye have the potential to reduce your quality of life seriously, and because many of them have no initial symptoms, you may not be aware of them until the disease has become advanced.

Early testing is essential, particularly when it comes to conditions with a genetic component such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Ask your optometrist to perform testing for the following common eye diseases if you have reason to believe you may be at risk.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Pink eye is a highly contagious infection that is generally passed among school children, although adults can also be affected — particularly those such as teachers or daycare workers. This condition is easily treated, and leaving it untreated can result in severe damage to the eyes.

Diabetic Eye Disease

When you have diabetes, your eyes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and other kinds of damage. If these problems are left untreated, they can raise your risk of complete or partial vision loss. Diabetic eye exams in Milford, MI, are an important part of helping your eyes stay as healthy as possible. Find out more about why you should have these exams and what to expect from them.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye and can lead to severe vision loss and even blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated. Be sure to let your optometrist know if you have a family history of glaucoma. Those over 60 are also at elevated risk as well as African and Mexican Americans.