Four Important Eye Care Issues for 2013

1) US Glaucoma cases rising: “The prevalence of glaucoma in the United States is 22 percent higher than it was 10 years ago,” according to a report. “Researchers from Prevent Blindness America and the US National Eye Institute reported that more than 2.7 million Americans aged 40 and older are affected by this eye disease, which can damage the optic nerve and gradually lead to blindness. The eye care doctors at Simpson Eye are experienced in the treatment of Glaucoma.

2) Vision loss tied to diabetes rising: Vision loss related to diabetes increased by 20 percent over less than a decade, according to a U.S. study – a matter of concern as diabetes rates continue to rise, and hit younger and younger people. “The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse. Oklahoma, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama saw dramatic increases since 1995, the study showed. The South’s growing weight problem is the main explanation according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All diabetics should have a complete dilated eye examination with photos of the retina once per year. If blurred vision develops an eye examination should be immediately performed. Simpson Eye care has a retina specialist on staff who specializes in the care of eye problems associated with diabetes.

3) Dry Eye Syndrome is a very common medical eye problem: Not including the need for eyeglasses, dry eye is one of the most common eye problem, affecting nearly 20% of the population over age 40. Dry eye disease has a number of risk factors: aging, androgen deficiency, chronic environmental stress, changes in blink patterns, autoimmune disease, systemic drugs, corneal nerve damage from eye surgery, contact lens wear, and preservative toxicity of topical medications. Treatment of dry eye is designed based upon the specific type of dry eye and should employ a planned approach that starts with mild interventions that gradually become more aggressive until symptoms are controlled eliminated. Treatment options should be discussed with your eye doctor at Simpson Eye.

4) High Defintion OCT Eye Exam continues to revolutionize eye care: OCT is a high resolution imaging technology that allows MRI like views of the various tissues in the eye. 2012 saw major advances in software that allows for sophisticated analysis of the eye. These advances improve our ability to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma and a large number of retina problems. This technology even can even uncover vision problems before they cause irreversible damage. Simpson Eye was pleased to be one of the first practices in the area to acquire the High Defintion OCT.

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