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Most often, people associate an eye exam with vision testing. And it is true that one of the goals of having a yearly eye examination at Optometry Cabana is to determine how well you are seeing right now and to prescribe the appropriate eyewear to correct visual issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. But our eye care in Del Mar also has the goal of eye disease testing at the forefront of our minds when you come in annually.
The most common eye diseases include ones like glaucoma and cataracts, which can affect you regardless of your age, heredity, or medical history. Our eye care in Del Mar will use baseline tests to screen you for each of these diseases. With glaucoma, it is called tonometry and it measures the level of internal pressure that is present in your eyes, a key indicator for glaucoma. And for cataracts, our eye doctor conducts a slit-lamp exam. Cataracts are known to cause cloudy or foggy vision due to the proteins that build up on the lenses of your eyes. Additional tests will be done as necessary in order to be fully confident in the diagnosis.
Not every eye disease is applicable to everyone. For example, although macular degeneration can lead to severe vision loss, it is not a concern until you reach the age of 40 or older. And only those with type one or type two diabetes need to be screened for diabetic retinopathy. If you meet the criteria, our optometrist will be sure to test you for one or both of these conditions as part of our eye care in Del Mar.
You may thin that eye disease testing isn't all that vital, especially when you feel great right now and you have no symptoms. But the problem that needs to be addressed is that the eye diseases we have mentioned have no obvious signs to alert you to their presence during their early stages. By the time you do notice indications of any of them, it is generally because the disease has progressed and has led to some degree of vision loss or eye damage. By having you schedule an eye exam once per year, our eye care in Del Mar can help to ensure that if you do have an eye disease, it is detected before that can occur.