Celebrate World Sight Day with Clarkson Eyecare
For many who can see, it’s easy to take sight for granted. On Thursday, October 12th, we celebrate World Sight Day—a day dedicated to highlighting the struggles of those with visual impairments globally. Join the celebration at Clarkson Eyecare. Our experts recognize the value of your vision and are eager to support your journey.
World Sight Day is observed annually on the second Thursday of October. This particular date raises awareness for the 2.2 billion individuals worldwide who experience some form of visual impairment. The day also emphasizes the importance of eye care for those who can access it. Many blindness and visual impairment causes are preventable. Specifically, conditions like Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy can be thwarted if detected early.
A significant portion of the global population lacks access to quality eye care. Coupled with this is the reality that nearly 1 in 4 individuals experience vision impairment. This means many suffer from conditions that could be rectified with proper eye care. In honor of World Sight Day, we’ve compiled a list of conditions that, if untreated, can lead to vision loss.
Often termed the “silent thief of sight,” Glaucoma underlines the necessity of consistent eye check-ups. Most people remain unaware of its presence until they experience vision loss. It occurs due to increased intraocular pressure damaging the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting images to the brain. Different types of Glaucoma affect the eyes in various ways. A comprehensive eye exam at Clarkson Eyecare can identify its signs. Learn About Glaucoma Treatments
Macular degeneration is another condition leading to visual impairment. The macula, located at the eye’s back and responsible for light reception, degrades over time, causing blurred vision. Often associated with aging, it’s called Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Though incurable, early detection allows effective management to prevent further vision loss. Learn About Macular Degeneration Treatments
Retinal tears arise when the vitreous, a gel-like substance inside the eye, pulls the retina abnormally, causing a tear. The vitreous naturally retracts with age, potentially leading to a retinal tear. During this process, the vitreous sometimes adheres to the retina, causing the tear. If untreated, the retina can detach from the eye’s back, disrupting its blood supply. Such detachments can result in significant vision loss if not addressed. Learn More About Retinal Tears & Detachments
Individuals with diabetes (type 1 or 2) are more susceptible to conditions like diabetic retinopathy. It involves rapid blood vessel growth within the eye, which can leak and damage it. This irreversible damage emphasizes the importance of early detection during comprehensive exams. Learn More About Diabetic Retinopathy
As discussed, many vision loss causes are preventable. This stresses the importance of regular eye exams to detect conditions early and ensure effective treatment. All the mentioned conditions can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination, where doctors can spot symptoms before they escalate. Early detection offers more treatment options, maximizing the chances of preserving vision. Learn About Comprehensive Eye Exams
Our expert team at Clarkson Eyecare is here to help you on your eye care journey. We have locations in 11 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. No matter where you are, quality eye care and comprehensive eye exams are never far away!
Not only can you get sunglasses from Clarkson Eyecare, but you can also invest in prescription sunglasses from us. With prescription sunglass lenses, you can improve your vision, protect your eyes, and make a fashion statement simultaneously.
The skilled eye doctors at Clarkson Eyecare excel in identifying and treating prevalent eye diseases before they worsen. Join us at any of our locations for World Sight Day and ensure a clear vision for years to come.