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How does technology affect the quality of eye health and treatments?
The cutting-edge technologies used by Boaldin Eye Care in Oklahoma City, OK, make it possible to diagnose and manage eye diseases earlier. When conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration are detected sooner, treatment outcomes are more successful. Not only do we use the most modern equipment and diagnostic techniques, all of our staff is dedicated to staying up-to-date on the latest technological advances in eye care.
What is a cataract and how can it affect my vision?
A cataract is a cloudy layer that forms over the lens of the eye. Most cataracts are caused by aging, and more than half of Americans will develop a cataract by the age of 80. Essentially, a cataract is a thin layer of water and protein that clumps together over the eye lens, causing blurred vision, glare or halos of light to appear in the vision. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes but they do no spread from one eye to the other. A comprehensive eye exam from our doctor is the best way to detect a cataract early. Lifestyle changes and corrective lenses can help, but surgical removal is typically recommended. Not only does surgery improve vision, but it can prevent the cataract from interfering with overall eye health.
Who should be screened for glaucoma?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends everyone over the age of 40 should be screened for glaucoma. The frequency of screening increases according to your age, family history and other health conditions. These factors increase your risk for glaucoma:
My elderly father has been diagnosed with macular degeneration. Will he lose his sight?
Age-related macular degeneration blurs the central vision—the part of the eye that sees fine detail—making it difficult to read or sew or drive a car. Though it is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60, macular degeneration sometimes progresses very slowly, causing very little change in a person’s vision. A comprehensive examination from our doctor will determine the severity of this progressive eye disease and provide treatment options.
Please explain diabetic retinopathy and how to prevent it.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. The disease can damage the small blood vessels inside the retina, sometimes causing complete loss of vision. In its earliest stage, diabetic retinopathy can cause swelling of the retina’s blood vessels. As it progresses, retinal detachment and blindness can occur. All people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are at risk and should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam annually.
Reduce your risk of contracting diabetic retinopathy by controlling your blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, getting regular exercise, stop smoking and see your optometrist annually. More frequent visits are recommended if there are changes in your vision.
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