Our eyes are highly complex organs that are almost constantly working, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Even while we sleep, our eyes move in connection with brain activity as we dream and recharge for the next day. Needless to say, we rely heavily on our eyes to properly function, yet often fail to take the appropriate measures to ensure that they will continue working well into our old age.
At USC Roski Eye Institute, we place the utmost importance on helping people of all ages learn about proper eye health and what to do in the event that their vision is impaired. The following information will help put the health of your sight in perspective.
1. 80 Percent of Disease-Related Vision Loss Can be Treated or Prevented
The World Health Organization recently reported that as much as 80 percent of all visual impairment can actually be prevented or cured through education about proper eye health, better access to high quality care, and annual screenings. The most common eye conditions that can lead to blindness include cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma, which often do not present any noticeable symptoms during the early stages of development. Therefore, it is crucial to schedule regular eye exams as often as recommended, based on your age, health, and family history, even if your sight seems to be perfectly fine. Early detection is the best defense against vision loss.
2. Diabetes is the Leading Cause of Blindness Among Americans
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that puts individuals at a significantly higher risk of developing certain eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. While proper diet and exercise is important for everyone at any age, diabetics must take special care to not only manage their diabetes, but to also ensure that the disease does not damage their eyesight. Diabetes may be the leading cause of blindness in America, but it is possible for diabetics to protect their vision by also taking control of their overall health.
3. Two Thirds of all Blindness and Vision Loss Occurs in Women
Prevent Blindness, a volunteer eye health and safety organization, recently determined that women make up the majority of Americans who suffer from visual impairment or blindness and that one in four women has not had an eye exam in the last two years. One reason that women are particularly at risk for vision issues is hormones. Whether pregnant, taking birth control pills, or going through menopause, fluctuations in hormones can influence overall eye health, causing high blood pressure, light sensitivity, and diabetic retinopathy.
Schedule an Appointment Today
At the USC Roski Eye Institute, our expert ophthalmologists have extensive training and experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of eye conditions in men, women, and children. To receive a comprehensive eye exam and ensure that your vision is carefully monitored, please complete our online contact form or call 323-442-6335 today!
To learn more about the services at the USC Roski Eye Institute or to support the Institute with a tax-deductible gift, please contact Rebecca Melville, senior director of development, via email at Rebecca.Melville@med.usc.edu or by calling USC Roski Eye Institute.