Most of us pretty much take our vision for granted unless we have a problem. Hopefully you never have to make that choice but most people would rather lose hearing or mobility before vision. Maintaining good vision, however, does take some effort on your part.
You should be sure to have a complete eye examination with dilating drops at least every two years. If you have diabetes, then you should come in every year. We generally see glaucoma patients every six months. Warning signs that would warrant an immediate eye examination include eye pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, loss of side vision or an increase in floaters.
You may have good vision but what about your relatives or neighbors? If you are starting to think about holiday gifts, consider something that would make their lives easier. They probably have enough “stuff” but could really use a ride to the store, doctor’s appointment or just out for some fun. There are options, although limited, to get around if you don’t drive in Ozaukee County. But the loss of freedom is pretty distressing to many seniors who can no longer drive due to vision or other medical problems.
The above is just something to reflect upon during the Thanksgiving holiday. And while you are at it, don’t forget to schedule those eye appointments for yourself and your family! Remember that we provide advanced medical and surgical eye care for patients of all ages: everything from complete eye examinations to LASIK vision correction and small incision cataract surgery.
Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin. His colleagues are Dr. Martha Jay and Dr. Josephine-Liezl Cueto, both are Ophthalmologists (Eye Physicians and Surgeons).
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.