Did you know that nearly 75% of vision loss is preventable and treatable if the underlying cause is diagnosed and treated early? With hundreds of thousands of Americans becoming blind or visually impaired every year, protecting your eye health has never been more important. The simplest way to avoid unnecessary vision loss is to commit to regular eye exams with Dr. Paul Thompson at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas. These quick and painless procedures with your Charleston Preservation optometrist should be conducted once a year and play a vital role in enabling early detection and diagnosis of sight-stealing eye diseases, infections, and conditions.
Though every adult should schedule an eye exam with Dr. Thompson once a year, there are individuals who are at higher risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy and thus should schedule an eye exam more frequently. If you have a family history of eye disease, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, if you are over the age of forty, or if you notice any sudden changes in your vision, you should visit your Las Vegas eye doctor immediately.
Just like your general health and dental health, there are ways to prevent damage to your eye health and vision. Simple lifestyle changes as advised by your eye doctor at Walmart Vision Center can make a huge impact on your calculated risk of developing a variety of eye diseases and conditions. When playing sports or working with tools, be sure to wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from stray elbows and sawdust. When outside, whether or not its visibly sunny, wear sunglasses and a hat to prevent ultraviolet damage. Another lifestyle tip is to quit smoking, which not only poses serious health risks, but greatly increases your risk of macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. And lastly, maintaining a good weight and eating a nutritious diet can all help prevent serious eye damage. To learn about more healthy lifestyle tips to protect your vision and eyesight as you age, speak with your optometrist, Dr. Paul Thompson at Walmart Vision Center of Las Vegas.