Be proactive in your visual health with annual glaucoma exams with the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Sun City Center, Brandon, and Plant City, FL.
What Are Annual Glaucoma Exams So Important?
We all have a million things that need to be taken care of each year, and the idea of adding something else to that list is not a fun idea. However, taking care of your health should always be a priority – and that definitely includes eye health. Below, the team at Brandon Eye Associates in Sun City Center, Brandon, and Plant City, FL shares why it’s critical that you have a glaucoma eye exam every year.
1. Glaucoma Can Lead to Blindness
Glaucoma isn’t really one condition but rather the name given to a group of eye diseases that damage your optic nerve. The optic nerve is a group of nerve fibers that are responsible for transporting messages about what you see from the retina to your brain.
When these fibers are damaged, you can experience partial sight loss to complete blindness. This, obviously, significantly impacts your quality of life and the threat shouldn’t be taken lightly.
2. It Can Sneak Up On You
When damage to the optic nerve first begins, there is a good chance you’ll have no symptoms, as many people don’t. When symptoms do arise, most of them can easily be mistaken for other vision problems. For instance, eye pain, blurry vision, and redness can all indicate a different issue.
Most people don’t realize there is a real issue until some vision loss has already occurred – often the peripheral vision at first. Annual glaucoma exams can help your eye doctor detect potential warning signs before you even notice them.
3. Early Treatment Is Vital
Sadly, vision loss due to glaucoma can’t yet be reversed. However, when it’s caught early enough, it can prevent – or at least delay – vision loss by decreasing pressure in the eyes. However, in order to be proactive in the condition, you need annual exams to detect it and gauge the severity.
Don’t let glaucoma steal your vision. Call today to schedule an appointment with the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Sun City Center, Brandon, or Plant City, FL. You can reach them at (813) 684-2211 for Brandon and Plant City, FL, and (813) 213-0020 for Sun City, FL, so call today.