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Preventable Eye Diseases

“See” How to Avoid Preventable Eye Diseases

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Good vision is priceless, but certain preventable eye diseases can hamper your ability to experience the world in high definition. Preventable eye diseases like dry eyes, allergic conjunctivitis, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and several others can be avoided by taking a few proactive steps to protect your vision. Continue reading to learn more about a few proactive steps you can take to avoid the most common preventable eye diseases.

Maintain Strict Contact Lens Hygiene

Contact lens wearers have specific requirements in maintaining lens cleanliness. These vary depending upon the type of lens, but all lenses require cleaning with some sort of multipurpose solution and the regular replacement of the lenses.

Failing to adhere to these hygiene necessities can often lead to eye disease, especially when coupled with other non-recommended behaviors like:

  • Sleeping in contact lenses
  • Using the mouth to moisten the lenses
  • Wearing lenses longer than the recommended lifespan
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    Cleaning the lenses with tap water

Some of the potential eye diseases resulting from poor contact lens habits are:

  • Contact lens-induced peripheral corneal ulcer
  • Corneal neovascularization
  • Contact lens-induced acute red eye, or CLARE

These conditions are preventable by simply following the recommendations of an optometrist and adhering to the contact lens manufacturer usage guidelines.

Guard Against Solar Damage

It is fairly well known that protecting the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun will help decrease the risk of developing skin cancer. The eyes also need some kind of protection from sun exposure because long-term solar damage can produce numerous eye problems. Ocular maladies that can occur from extended ultraviolet exposure include:

  • Photokeratitis, a kind of sunburn of the eye
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
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    Solar retinopathy

Macular degeneration, in particular, is a progressive condition that may eventually lead to being declared legally blind. All of these afflictions, however, will negatively affect vision to some degree.

The good news is that wearing eyewear to protect against UV rays will significantly reduce or eliminate the chances of developing some of these conditions. Not all sunglasses or eye glasses protect from these rays, so it is important to find a pair that does.

In cases of extreme brightness, like at a sandy beach or when the sunlight is reflecting off a body of water, having side protection attached to the sunglasses offers an extra measure of protection by preventing sunlight from sneaking in the eye from the peripheries.

Annual Eye Exams to Detect Preventable Eye Disease

This might seem obvious, but a lot of people still think annual eye exams are only for getting a prescription for glasses or contacts. While having proper eyewear is great, a simple vision exam may end up catching a potentially dangerous condition in the early stages. Depending upon the condition, the treatment options and outlook for recovery can increase greatly.

Just about all optometrists and eye care practitioners will perform a check for glaucoma, which is a buildup of pressure in the eye that damages the optic nerve. If left untreated, it can result in blindness. Early identification provides many more avenues to deal with it before the loss of vision becomes extensive.

Most eye doctors will also offer the option of dilating the eyes. This involves placing eye drops in the eyes that causes the pupils to open wide in a way similar to how they open in very dark areas. Once dilated, an eye doctor can spot macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, infections, and more.

An ophthalmologist or optometrist is also extensively trained to spot cataracts much earlier than a general practice doctor. This means your annual eye exam can be an important step in early detection and receiving proper recommendations if the beginnings of a cataract are spotted.

Contact Keeler for the Best Ophthalmic Equipment

When it comes to protecting your vision and avoiding preventable eye diseases, your trusted optometrist or eye care practitioner can provide you with the best solutions. But when it comes to empowering eye care professionals to accurately diagnose and treat eye care conditions, Keeler Ophthalmic Instruments is the industry leading provider of ophthalmic instruments.

Since 1917, Keeler has been manufacturing ophthalmic instruments and empowering vision care professionals to deliver the highest possible level of service. We create a broad range of innovative ophthalmic products designed to help eye care professionals accurately and quickly diagnose and treat a range of eye care diseases and conditions.

Contact Keeler Ophthalmic Instruments today to learn more about the equipment we create to help you see your world in HD.

About the Author Eugene VanArsdale

Eugene is the Director of Marketing Communications at Keeler Instruments. He has been with Keeler since 1982 and is co-holder of two patents for the company. Eugene has a true passion for the eye care industry and has dedicated himself to understanding the ins and outs of the optometric and ophthalmic equipment market.