Doctor Johnson, I am still seeing fine with my contacts and my glasses, I was told that I only need to get my eyes examined when I can’t see?

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The driving factor for most people who come to get their eyes examined is their glasses or contacts and whether or not they think they can see. The thing you need to know is the fact that the way you think you see, gives NO assurance that your eyes are healthy. It is estimated more than 2.2 Million people in the United States have glaucoma, but only half of them know they have it. One person every 11 minutes loses their vision to glaucoma. Macular degeneration is increasing 5 fold over the next 10-15 years and is currently the main cause of blindness in persons over 55 years of age. Most of the glaucoma cases we treat and the macular degeneration cases we see are detected in a yearly eye health exam without any symptoms from the patient. These conditions left untreated cause people to lose their vision. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness world wide, but can be treated.

It’s easy for people to take their eyes for granted, but having a yearly eye exam will ensure patients eyes are healthy and their overall health. Many patients may not notice a problem with their vision, but a yearly eye exam will help detect permanent vision loss. People brush their teeth daily but you don’t want to outlive your vision thinking you see fine! Your Eyes provide a clear window to a patients overall health, allowing the doctor to see a patient’s blood vessels and determine a lot about a persons health. Common disorders picked up are hypertension, hypotension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, and blood vessel hemorrhages. When a patient presents with this, we provide immediate care and coordinate appropriate treatment with further testing in our office. They may also need to see their Primary Care Physician.
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Dr. Warren Johnson|Dr. Do Nguyen|Dr. Burt Bodan

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