Eye Health

How can an eye exam save your life?

At Optique, we are able to diagnose a variety of conditions during a patient’s annual eye exam. Systemic conditions we often diagnose include diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Occasionally, we also discover more serious conditions such as stroke and malignant melanoma in the eye. While it may seem an unfortunate discovery, with early detection these more serious conditions can usually be treated and could ultimately save your life.

Understanding Myopia

Myopia is the most common eye problem and is estimated to affect 1.5 billion people, or roughly 22% of the world’s population. Rates vary significantly in different parts of the world, but Myopia affects approximately 12% of Americans, including over 10 million children. This number is expected to rise to over half the world’s population by the year 2050.

Most studies conclude the main culprits behind the increase rate are more screen time coupled with less outdoor activities. And with the direction we’re headed as a society, most researchers don’t feel too optimistic about reversing the problem anytime soon.

However, here at Optique at West Paces, we can treat your child’s Myopia instead of just “correcting” it with thicker glasses. In fact, recent studies show we can slow down or even stop the progression of myopia in children, allowing them to experience life with the vision they deserve.

There are several additional reasons to be worried about your child’s Myopia, other than just blurry vision. Severe myopia leads to a significant increase in the risk of more serious eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma, which can all lead to blindness. Additionally, children with Myopia also have a higher risk of retinal detachment, compared to non-myopia patients.

Regular glasses and contact lenses don’t treat the underlying condition, whether it’s an elongated eyeball or an eye too curved in front. Optique at West Paces doesn’t want to offer your kids stronger and thicker glasses year after year, we want to treat the problem and correct their vision for good. To learn more about what you can do about your child’s myopia contact us today!

As new studies are being published more and more frequently, we aim to stay up-to-date with all the research findings. Below you can read through some of the most recent articles relating to Myopia.

The eye is the only organ where the active blood flow in your system is visible without surgery.

Understanding Eye Conditions

If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms, please contact Dr. Cohen for a comprehensive examination.

Additional information is also available at www.aoa.org and nei.nih.gov/health.