Approximately 11 million Americans over 12 years and older can improve their vision through proper refractive correction, says The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, CDC says that more than 3.3 million Americans above the age of 40 years can be classified as legally blind or with a low visual acuity in the better-seeing eye.
We know how important vision is to the overall quality of a person’s life, and our Phoenix, AZ optometrists go the extra mile. We use the latest technology to provide quick and accurate medical results to each of our clients. A defective visual system can greatly influence the performance and efficiency of a person. This becomes a problem in children, whose systems are still developing.
Common Visual Disorders
Refractive Errors Treatment
Optometrists in Phoenix, AZ offer refractive errors treatment for all clients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Refractive errors represent the most common eye problems in the US. This includes hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred and distorted vision at all distances), myopia (nearsightedness), and presbyopia that sets in between the age of 40 and 50 years. This is characterized by an inability to focus up close, inability to understand the letters of the phone book, or a tendency to hold the newspaper farther away to see clearly. All of these problems, if detected early by an optometrist, can be corrected with the use of contact lenses and eyeglasses. Early detection in some cases would prevent the need for surgery.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million Americans aged 40 years and above are affected by Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The eye just like other body parts gets weak due to advancement in age. This could result in the impairment of the central vision. The central part of the retina that aids the eye in seeing fine details gets impaired. Once the macula begins degenerating vision can suffer. Central vision is an important part of the eye that aids common daily activities that includes reading and driving, it makes the eye to see object clearly. Early detection by an Optometrist can reduce the level of impairment.
Cataract remains the leading cause of vision loss in the US. It is also the leading cause of blindness all over the world. It can occur at any age, even at birth when the eye lens is clouded. It makes tasks like reading or driving difficult. One of our Phoenix AZ optometrists can diagnose a cataract; after, if you decide you want to remove the cataract, we’ll cooperate with an ophthalmologist to find the treatment that best suits you.
The eye, though small deserves the utmost care. Regular eye check-up by an optometrist can keep your eye healthy. This would allow early detection and treatment of problems.