Low Vision and iWellness Imaging
February is Low Vision Awareness Month. But what exactly is low vision?
According to the American Optometric Society, low vision comes in many forms such as:
- Loss of Central Vision
- Loss of Peripheral Vision
- Blind Spots
- Loss of Contrast Sensitivity (feels like a generalized haze)
- Glare Light Sensitivity from normal levels of light
- Night Blindness in dimly lit areas such as driving, restaurants, and theaters
- Blurred Vision even when wearing the best possible eyeglass correction
These symptoms of low vision cannot be corrected through prescription glasses, contact lenses, or even surgery. So what is low vision caused from and is there a rehabilitation possible?
Following last months newsletter where we learned about glaucoma and the causes, low vision is a repercussion of this and other diseases. Some of these diseases include glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, retinal detachment, and certain brain injuries. So how can you be accountable for the health of your eyes BEFORE the potential of these diseases cause irreversible damage? Simply by opting into our additional iWellness Exam (an additional $39) and allowing us to dilate your eyes.
You may be thinking “$39 that’s pricey! I would KNOW if I had anything wrong with the health of my eyes!” or “I am still young, I’m not at risk for any diseases”
The iWellness exam provided by Black Diamond Eye Care takes an image of the center/back of your retina that our doctors can monitor each year, whereas dilation only shows the peripheral sections of your eye. These new, state-of-the-art images show us any early signs of disease- in the stage where they are the most treatable. And yes, these diseases can begin when you are young and do not have any symptoms.
*Example of a iWellness Exam image
In addition, iWellness Imaging also detects early signs of cancer, high blood pressure, cataracts and diabetes. All of which are important aspects of monitoring your health.
Please feel free to contact us if there are any additional questions regarding iWellness Exams.