YOUR LAST EYE EXAM WAS WHEN?? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
You probably see your primary care doctor at least every 1-2 years, you most likely visit the dentist every 6-12 months, even your car gets frequent servicing but what about your eyes? Many have the attitude that they do not need an eye examination unless they have blurred vision. Even then they may avoid us when they reach their 40’s and their ‘arms get too short” – they simply pick up a pair of “cheaters” at the drug store and go about their way.
What’s wrong with this picture? There is more to an eye exam than just checking to see if you need glasses. The big risk is glaucoma which is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss. Unfortunately glaucoma has no symptoms until you have lost about 40% of your vision. Treatment can then start but only to arrest the vision loss, not to bring back what has been lost. Just in the last few months I have seen two patients with significant vision loss from glaucoma – both had neglected having regular eye care for a number of years.
Those who have had refractive surgery like LASIK are particularly at risk. This is because their eye pressure appears lower than it really is due to the thinning of the cornea from LASIK. We measure eye pressure by pushing on the eye with a tiny device, if the cornea is thin then the eye pressure appears lower than it really is. They only way to adequately evaluate a patient for glaucoma is with a comprehensive dilated eye exam by a trained professional.
Our three doctors in both our Ozaukee County locations are here to help. Call today if you have been neglecting your eyes. Also spread the word to family and friends as they may not be aware of the importance of regular eye care. Realize that glaucoma is generally treated with just eye drops once the diagnosis is made and early detection is the key to preserving your vision into the future. See you soon!
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist (Eye Physician & Surgeon) practicing with Drs. Mark German & James Ivanoski at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.