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HOW TO SEE YOUR VERY BEST

February 15, 2021

Annual physical?  Scheduled.  Dentist? Scheduled.  Eye Exam…?
Some of us are guilty of not scheduling routine eye exams. Over time, our vision changes and can interfere with performing day-to-day tasks while at work, school or home. While the frequency of eye exams should depend on several factors including a person’s age and medical history, they are very important and should not be overlooked (no pun).

Your Sight Matters
By far the most important organs of sense are our eyes. We perceive up to 80% of all impressions by means of our sight. And if other senses such as taste or smell stop working, it's the eyes that best protect us from danger. An eye exam can provide you with an accurate diagnosis along with an appropriate treatment that’s best for you. Below are common vision issues that offer multiple treatment options so you can begin seeing your very best.

Dry Eye
Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. Treatment may include: over-the-counter eye drops (artificial tears). However, if symptoms are persistent and more serious, there are other treatment options including medications and a variety of procedures.

Nearsighted or Farsighted
Nearsighted (also called Myopia) is the inability to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes. Farsighted (also called hyperopia) is when you see things that are far away better than things that are up close. Treatments may include:

  • Eyeglasses. This is a simple and common way to improve vision. There are a variety of eyeglass lenses that includes: single vision, bifocals, trifocals and progressive multifocal.
  • Contact lenses. These lenses are worn right on your eyes. They are available in a variety of materials and designs, including soft and rigid, gas permeable in combination with spherical, toric, and multifocal designs. Ask your eye doctor about the pros and cons of contact lenses and what might be best for you.
  • Refractive Surgery. Refractive surgery (LASIK or PRK) reduces the need for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Your eye surgeon uses a laser beam to reshape the cornea, which results in a decreased nearsighted prescription. Although most refractive surgical procedures are used to treat nearsightedness, they can also be used for mild to moderate farsightedness. These surgical treatments correct farsightedness by reshaping the curvature of your cornea.

Astigmatism
Lenses (temporary) or refractive surgery such as LASIK (permanent) are used to correct astigmatism. If myopia or hyperopia is also present in addition to astigmatism, these conditions must also be corrected.

Risk of Eye Diseases
Eye exams can uncover common health problems. During an exam, each eye is examined for signs of serious eye issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and detached retinas, among other conditions. Receiving regular eye exams regardless of vision acuity can help detect serious eye problems at the earliest stage ─ when they are most treatable.

Don’t neglect your eyes, as your sight matters. Schedule your eye exam or a free LASIK consultation with Shofner Vision Center at (615) 340-4733 or you may also schedule an appointment online.

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