Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tri-State Low Vision Eye CareCheaters are found everywhere. They’re relatively inexpensive and get the job done for people whose vision isn’t what it used to be. With pairs at work, in the car, in your pocketbook, why leave home without them? There’s no need to go to the eye doctor when I can see with these….right? WRONG….the security of being able to see with cheaters may be robbing you of your eye health that will affect you for years to come.

Most of the people over 40 who buy these glasses, are dealing with presbyopia, a condition in which the eyes lose the ability to change focus from short to long distances. But seeing your doctor is not just about glasses. You are also going there to be screened for other diseases … for diabetes of the eye, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. After the age of 40, everyone should be tested regularly for macular degeneration, especially if there is a family history of disease.

At risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) include: high blood pressure (hypertension), smoking, obesity, race and family history of (AMD). AMD is painless and can progress slowly over time or suddenly with dramatic changes in your vision. Early detection is key to slowing vision loss.

AMD — damages then destroys central vision. Central vision is your “straight-ahead”, finely detailed vision. This eye disease takes two forms, “dry” and “wet”. Most AMD cases are dry. The remaining “wet”, a more damaging form that is responsible for about 90% of serious vision loss.

Cataracts are small at first and may not affect vision. But the denser they grow, the more they affect your vision. As cataracts grow, they may affect your ability to drive safely.

From computer glasses, reading glasses to bi-focal contacts, Tri-State Low Vision – a division of Bissell Eye Care has you covered.

Just like having an annual physical and regular health screenings help to detect disease, the most important lesson learned is to have an annual eye exam. Early detection of eye disease is the key to healthy vision as you age. Don’t let cheaters rob you of good eye health at any age.

About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

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