Vision Health; What to Know

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Did you know you promote the function and wellbeing of your health when you take care of it? When it comes to your eye health, the same applies. Various eye care practices can better your vision, including healthy diets, regular eye check-ups, protective eyewear, wearing sunglasses, minimizing your exposure to blue light, and identifying your risk of eye health problems. Swati Kumar OD, FAAO, an optometrist and eyes specialist at Alamo Eye Care, offers extensive eye care to promote your vision and lower your risk of diseases. Keep reading for more on eye care services.

Diabetic Eye Disease

Though it’s a primary cause of blindness, it’s something you can prevent. Diabetic eye disease occurs due to improper management of diabetes. It develops when blood vessels in your eyes become destroyed.

When you do not receive medical care for diabetic eye disease, you are at risk of developing complications, including blindness.

The following encounters may indicate you have diabetic eye disease.

·         Vision loss

·         Blurry vision

·         Impaired color vision

·         Empty or dark areas in vision

·         Fluctuating vision

·         Spots in your vision

·         Floating strings in your vision

The following symptoms may affect both your eyes. The symptoms of diabetic eye disease develop gradually and may not be present during the early stage of the disease. Regular eye check-ups are critical in identifying this problem, especially if diabetic.

If diabetic, you stand at the risk of suffering diabetic eye disease. However, some issues may increase your occurrence of the disease.

·         Pregnancy

·         High blood pressure

·         Poor blood sugar control

·         Smoking

·         High cholesterol

·         Prolonged diabetes

·         Being African American or Native American


Glaucoma contributes to a significant number of blindness cases worldwide. The condition occurs due to the damage of an optic nerve that results from eye pressure caused by fluid accumulation in the eye.

Your body may overproduce the fluid, or you may have a drainage malfunction, leading to fluid buildup in your eyes. Without proper treatments, glaucoma may lead to blindness.

Usually, you are at risk of having glaucoma when you have the following.

·         Added above 40

·         High eye pressure

·         A past eye injury

·         High blood pressure, poor circulation, diabetes

·         Thinning optic nerves

·         migraines

·         Thin cornea centers

·         Prolonged steroids usage

Myopia Management

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, occurs when you cannot see things from a distance. The team at Alamo Eye Care center offers myopia management to remove blurriness and clear your vision when looking at far objects.

The condition can happen during childhood or at puberty and gradually worsen. You can treat glaucoma by wearing glasses or contact lenses, or undergoing refractive eye surgery.

The symptoms of glaucoma include the following.

·         Headaches

·         Eyestrain

·         Squinting

·         Excessive blinking

·         Blurry vision

·         Poor night vision

·         Frequent eye rubbing

Macular Degeneration

It causes decreased central vision. It occurs due to the thinning of the macula, a part of your eye retina. Macular degeneration affects your daily life activities, including reading, driving, and others.

To sum up, you can avoid various eye problems by having routine eye exams. Eye check-ups help identify your health risks, enhancing the provision of early treatments. Early intervention of eye diseases prevents complications and saves your vision. Contact Alamo Eye Care today for a consultation on any eye problem and care.