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Macular Degeneration – Your Medical Team

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We work with your retinal specialist to monitor macular degeneration

A diagnosis of macular degeneration can be overwhelming. What is this eye disease, and who is the best doctor to monitor and treat it? Really, having a team of dedicated medical professionals working together to monitor and treat this eye disease is the ideal solution. At Cove Eyecare, our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor will collaborate closely with your retinal specialist to optimize your care.

What is a retinal specialist?

A retinal specialist is an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor, who has completed a fellowship in retinal diseases for one or two years after finishing a residency in ophthalmology. This MD is specially trained to treat retinal problems, perform advanced laser procedures and other surgeries (such as vitrectomy), and administer specialized treatments like intraocular injections.

Why do you need more than one doctor when you have macular degeneration?

Our patients often question why they need both an optometrist and a retinal specialist to monitor macular degeneration. Basically, it’s because this eye disease requires expert care for two conditions: 1) the macular degeneration, and 2) the vision loss that can result from this eye disease.

The macula is a part of the retina, and a retinal specialist is highly qualified and experienced in treating macular degeneration as it progresses. However, a retinal specialist is primarily concerned with treating your ocular medical condition – and less concerned about the quality of your eyesight and any resulting vision loss. Our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor will focus on helping you with any visual issues caused by macular degeneration.

In addition, it is more efficient, comfortable, and convenient to visit our local eye care center for regular eye exams, instead of trying to get routine appointments with a busy retinal specialist.

How do we partner with your retinal specialist?

Our eye doctor uses advanced diagnostic technologies to perform regular comprehensive eye exams for every patient – before and after a diagnosis of macular degeneration. These eye exams are critical for detecting eye disease and for monitoring the state of your macular degeneration after a diagnosis.

If we detect any changes in your ocular condition during your routine office visit, we will notify your retinal specialist, who will then determine if you need a change in treatment. The information that we provide can help support your retinal specialist with the medical details needed to customize your treatment. If necessary, the retinal specialist can then administer precise medical care to treat your macular degeneration.

If you suffer from vision loss due to macular degeneration, our Copperas Cove, Texas, an optometrist will fit you with the most suitable low vision devices to maximize your remaining sight.

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Diabetic Retinopathy – Your Medical Team

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We partner with your primary care doctor

If you have diabetes, a close partnership between your eye doctor and your primary care doctor goes far towards optimizing your long-lasting, quality vision. At Cove Eyecare, we work together with your physician to monitor your diabetes and share comprehensive reports about your eye health.

Who do you need on your diabetes healthcare team?

According to the American Diabetes Association, some significant members of your diabetes care team should include you, an endocrinologist or primary care doctor who specializes in diabetes, and an eye doctor.

As the patient, it is essential for you to monitor your blood sugar according to your physician’s instructions and to share this information with all members of your medical team. Your blood sugar levels provide critical details about how your diabetes treatment is working. Your primary care doctor will analyze your blood test results to design the best, personalized treatment program for you.

It is recommended to visit your eye doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, your eyes will be dilated in order to inspect for signs of diabetic eye disease on your inner eye tissues, such as diabetic retinopathy. Our Copperas Cove, Texas, optometrist is trained to perform precise diabetes eye exams, and our eye care clinic is equipped with precise technologies to ensure the early detection of a problem.

Why is it critical for your eye doctor to work together with your physician?

If our eye doctor identifies a problem, such as leakage from the blood vessels in your eyes, we will send a report to your primary care physician, who will use this information to determine if you require a different medication or treatment regimen for diabetes.

In fact, a change in your diabetes treatment that helps to improve blood sugar control can often slow the progression of early diabetic retinopathy. That’s why our Copperas Cove, Texas, eye doctor will monitor your eyes closely to alert your physician about the effects of your medical treatments.

In addition to watching out for the effects of high blood sugar on your eye health, your eye exam can also reveal the signs of other related health conditions that can damage vision. For example, if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, this can often be noticed during a comprehensive eye exam – and we will send a report to your primary care doctor so you can receive the medical treatments you need.

Remember, the earlier we detect a problem with your eyes, the earlier it can be treated… and the easier it is to prevent vision loss from diabetes!

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Management of Ocular Diseases

Testing & Treatment for Eye Disease by Our Killeen Optometrist

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Expert diagnosis and management of eye disease depends upon having a professional eye care team that cares about your vision and stays current with medical progress. At Cove Eyecare, nothing matters more to us than your healthy, lasting vision. With first-rate skill and compassion, our Killeen eye doctor will perform a thorough eye exam to detect or rule out ocular disease.

Our eye doctor, Dr. Micheline D. Young, strives to make your eye care experience as efficient and comfortable as possible. We use the latest, high-precision diagnostic tools during your Killeen eye exam to identify the signs of eye disease as early as possible. This allows us to begin treatment immediately before your ocular condition deteriorates. The sooner we start treatment, the higher the success rate of preventing vision loss or complications.

thumb-stars-black thumb-stars-outline Killeen Optometrist Determines The Most Suitable Treatment in Partnership With You.

Great medical advances have been made in treating eye disease, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. Our Killeen eye doctors keep pace with scientific research and new technology, so you’ll receive the most current, progressive and aggressive treatments. If you’re diagnosed with an ocular disease, we’ll meet with you to explain your condition and answer all of your questions. We believe that our patients should be well informed, which enables our Killeen optometrist to determine the most suitable treatment in partnership with you.

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Glaucoma

An early diagnosis of glaucoma is the best prevention against this disease’s harmful effects. Glaucoma describes a group of eye diseases that interfere with the function of your optic nerve, thereby damaging clear vision. When left untreated, glaucoma often leads to vision loss.

The beginning symptoms of glaucoma are usually silent, which is why it’s critical to have a Killeen eye exam done regularly after you reach 40 years of age. At Cove Eyecare, we will evaluate your eyes during a Killeen eye exam. Our eye doctor will use tonometry to measure your inner eye pressure.

Treatment for glaucoma typically starts with eye drops. Laser surgery, conventional surgery or a combination of all of these treatments may also be advised.

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Cataracts

Cataracts are characterized by a clouding of your eye lens. This prevents clear and crisp images from appearing on your retina. Blurry vision will range from mild to severe, depending upon your personal condition.

The good news is that cataract surgery has a high success rate at restoring vision. In this procedure, the eye doctor will remove your cloudy natural lens and replace it with a synthetic, transparent lens. Our Killeen optometrists will monitor your eyes and co-manage your cataract surgery so that you enjoy sharp eyesight again!

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Macular Degeneration

At present, there is no absolute cure for macular degeneration. This disease damages central vision and the ability to view fine details. Treatment varies according to the type of macular degeneration. We may prescribe medications or inject drugs into your eyes. Laser surgery is another possible treatment. Our Killeen eye doctors will meet with you to discuss the most suitable course of action to provide you with quality, lasting vision.

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Macular Degeneration – Your Primary Practition

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy only affects people with diabetes. With this disease, the retina’s vascular network begins to leak or swell and vision is affected. When it starts, most people don’t notice the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. Yet an early diagnosis is very important, as it enables early treatment.

Currently, laser procedures or injections are used to shrink new blood vessels. Although there is no cure right now, treatment for diabetic retinopathy is taking large and encouraging strides. Our Killeen eye doctors keep close watch on these medical developments, so you’ll receive the best possible treatment.

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Diabetic Retinopathy – Your Primary Practition

A Wellness Eye Exam for Children

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From a quick voice search on a smartphone, parents can access a wealth of material regarding their own eye health as well as their children. However, the overabundance of information can easily mislead parents and even practitioners to simplify the need for regular checkups and eye exams. Even when a child undergoes their first eye exam without any signs of vision problems, children still need to have regular eye exams as they grow older and their vision changes. While adults may enjoy more stable vision, children are still growing, which means their vision is more susceptible and more sensitive to change. The Academy of Optometric Associates (AOA) recommends that children should at the very least see an eye doctor every other year. A child with an eye condition should see an eye doctor annually or as recommended by their optometrist.

A Wellness Eye Exam is one of our most popular services at Cove Eyecare. We understand that vision can fluctuate in children, and eye diseases can creep up in older patients. That's why we developed a shorter version of our comprehensive eye exam that can assess your eye health conveniently. Not only will this benefit the wellness of your family's vision, but you can place your vision and trust in our expert optometrist, Dr. Micheline Young.

As an award-winning eye care facility for over 25 years in the metroplex area, Dr. Micheline Young OD has provided comprehensive eye exams for children and adults.

Our patients appreciate the attentiveness and devotion shared by our eye doctor and staff on their visits, and even when they come in for a wellness eye exam, they know that we'll do our best to evaluate your eye health.

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The Wellness Eye Exam is part of the way we structured our practice. We hope to address the visual needs and budgets for patients of all backgrounds. We certainly encourage many of our patients to consider a comprehensive eye exam, especially when someone has a family history of eye disease or may show signs of poor eye health. Including digital retinal imaging to an eye exam for even children is an advanced method to document and analyze your eye health that the naked eye may not detect as easily. This ensures our eye doctor has the best opportunity to locate any signs of ocular disease, tumors, or other eye conditions.

Contact Lens Eye Exam, In Copperas Cove

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We Provide Expert Contact Lens Fittings for Healthy Vision

The sharp eyesight, convenience, and comfort of contact lenses makes them a popular choice for our Copperas Cove patients who need vision correction. And nowadays, there is a huge range of contact lenses on the market to choose from. Yet that doesn’t mean all of them are right for you.

Not all contact lenses are the same, and you need a pair that both provides clear vision and promotes your quality eye health. Only a professional contact lens exam can determine which type of lens is best for your condition. To get started with lenses, book your contacts exam in our Copperas Cove eye care center.

What Happens During a Contact Lens Exam?

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Our eye doctor will check your eyes thoroughly, using more detailed, personalized testing than a standard vision test. Along with determining your precise vision prescription for lens powers, we will evaluate your eyes to diagnose or rule out any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with wearing contacts. For this purpose, our office is outfitted with state-of-the-art optometric technology.

Consultation

In addition to performing a comprehensive contacts exam, your eye doctor will ask you questions about your lifestyle and visual expectations. Before your visit, it is helpful for you to consider the following:

  • Do you want contact lenses to wear daily, or only for special activities – such as sports and holidays?
  • How frequently do you want to replace your lenses? Daily, weekly, or monthly?
  • Are you interested in changing your eye color?
  • If you have presbyopia, would you want multifocal contact lenses, or contacts for distance with reading glasses for close vision?

Contact Lens Fitting

After your eye exam and consultation about your preferences, our eye doctor will measure your eyes. Just as shoes aren’t one-size-fits-all, neither are eyes. There are corneal variations, and our Copperas Cove eye doctor will take highly accurate measurements with the aid of a keratometer.

To ensure that you receive the ideal size and material of contact lenses, we’ll evaluate corneal curvature, iris size, and pupil size, as well as assess the amount of lubrication in your tears.

Your contact lens prescription will include:

  • Power of each lens
  • Base curve (lens curvature)
  • Lens diameter
  • Manufacturer and brand-name of lenses

Contact Lens Trial

The most efficient way to see if your contacts are comfortable and give great vision is often to try them on! After your contacts exam is finished, we’ll issue your prescription and instruct you on proper insertion and care for your lenses.

Once the lenses are in your eyes, we’ll assess the fit and check how they move. At this point, your feedback about how the contacts feel is essential. Now it’s time to wear your contact lenses home. To keep watch on your eye health and visual acuity, we advise you to return for regular follow-up contact lens exams.

To learn more about contact lenses and to get started with wearing them, contact us to book your contacts exam with our experienced optometrists in Copperas Cove.

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Eye Emergency Care In Copperas Cove

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Treatment for Eye Injury and Eye Infection

If you suffer an eye injury or wake up to see that you have bloodshot, oozing eyes, don’t panic and rush to the hospital emergency room! Our compassionate and qualified eye doctors are experienced in treating a wide range of eye emergencies. Contact us immediately to receive urgent eye care in our Copperas Cove office.

Types of Eye Emergencies

The most common reasons that patients visit Cove Eyecare for emergency treatment are:

  • Eye infections
  • Irritation from a chemical or foreign substance
  • Corneal scratch
  • Foreign object stuck in the eye
  • Blunt eye injury

Our office is furnished with state-of-the-art diagnostics and the latest technology to ensure that you receive a precise diagnosis and treatment. If you experience an infection or eye injury in Copperas Cove, call us for assistance.

Common Symptoms of an Eye Emergency

The following ocular symptoms often indicate that you need to seek urgent eye care:

  • Stinging or burning eyes
  • Red or pink eyes, with or without discharge
  • Irritation, pain, or itchiness
  • Burns
  • Foreign object stuck in your eye
  • Double Vision
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • New “floaters” in your field of view
  • Sudden changes in pupil size
  • Sudden vision loss, in one or both eyes
  • New sensitivity to light
  • Dark shadows gliding across your vision

If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them! Immediate treatment can prevent many complications with your vision. Call us to book an eye exam; if we detect a serious medical condition that requires an ophthalmologist or surgical care, we’ll refer you to a leading eye care specialist in the Copperas Cove area.

Eye Infections (Pink Eye)

A variety of culprits can lead to eye infection. Any foreign object or substance, even something small and mild, that comes into contact with your eyes can cause irritation or a surface scratch on your cornea. Once your eyes are irritated, they are vulnerable to infection.

Wearing contact lenses that were not sterilized is a typical cause of eye infections. If you wear contacts and suspect that you have an eye infection, take your lenses out immediately and wear eyeglasses until you have an eye exam. You may require treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment.

Corneal Abrasions

We frequently diagnose corneal scratches when patients visit our Copperas Cove clinic due to eye injury.  This is a minor problem that can be caused by many everyday objects, such as a fingernail, tree branch, or piece of paper. Symptoms include pain, tearing, redness, blurry vision, and/or a headache.

Do not rub your eye or wear contact lenses. Most of the time, the scratch heals in a few days. However, sometimes it leads to an eye infection. If you suffer a scratch to your cornea that seems to be getting worse, contact us for eye emergency treatment.

Foreign Body Removal

Eyes are very sensitive. Even the tiniest foreign object, such as a grain of sand or stray eyelash, can be irritating. In response to this object, the eye’s blood vessels dilate and the conjunctiva (mucous membrane over your eye), cornea, and eyelid may swell.

The longer the foreign body is stuck in your eye, the greater the risk of eye infection. If you think that the offensive item pierced the outer layer of your eye, do not attempt to remove it on your own – and it is dangerous to delay in seeking treatment! We are experts at removing foreign objects safely to prevent complications and vision loss; contact our office for assistance.

At Cove Eyecare, our eye doctors provide full-service for all your ocular needs – including eye exams, eyewear, ocular disease management, and emergency eye care.

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Who & What is a Glaucoma Suspect?

Glaucoma Treatment in Copperas Cove

woman with eyes closed in Copperas Cove, TXGlaucoma suspects are not hard to find and discover. In the United States alone, the number of glaucoma suspects Is estimated to be several million. Who are these people, and what does it this term mean?

Glaucoma suspects are people at risk for this disease, but no damage has yet been detected. In fact, the vast majority of glaucoma suspects will never suffer damage. However, if your vision does become affected by glaucoma, the vision loss is irreversible. That’s why it is critical for everyone to visit our Copperas Cove eye doctor for regular eye exams. Dr. Micheline Young will inspect the eyes and optic nerve of all glaucoma suspects closely to determine whether or not glaucoma treatment is required.

What are the signs of a glaucoma suspect?

Several risk factors and reasons contribute to the classification of a patient as a glaucoma suspect. These include:

  • Elevated intraocular pressure (above normal values)
  • Strong history of glaucoma in the family
  • Optic nerve has a suspicious appearance
  • Aging
  • Ethnic background (African-American or Hispanic)
  • Corticosteroid use, especially eye drops
  • Certain eye conditions, such as a thin cornea or nearsightedness

A firm diagnosis of glaucoma is generally made over time, since most types of this disease progress slowly. It is important to note that when we discuss glaucoma suspects, we are referring to “open-angle” glaucoma, which is the more common form of the disease.

What is the follow-up eye care for glaucoma suspects?

Once a baseline status of your ocular health is determined by your eye doctor, you will be instructed to return for follow-up eye exams. These evaluations will inspect for any changes to your optic nerve, internal eye pressure, and visual field.

What is glaucoma treatment?

eye dropper in Copperas Cove, TXIf you are a glaucoma suspect, our Copperas Cove eye doctor will determine when to start glaucoma treatment, as well as the most appropriate type of glaucoma treatment for you. In order to make these decisions, we will advise you to return for repeated eye exams to monitor your eyes. We will assess your risk factors along with the eye exam results to make a responsible clinical judgement about your glaucoma treatment.

Early treatment options include medicated eye drops or a laser procedure to widen the drainage angle of your eye. The goal of both of these methods is to lower eye pressure. The good news is that when glaucoma treatment is required and started early, your risk of serious complications and vision loss is minimal.

If you’ve been told that you are a glaucoma suspect, the best action to take is to return to your Copperas Cove eye doctor for regular monitoring of your optic nerve and visual field. Whether or not you are currently receiving glaucoma treatment, these eye exams are critical for your lasting eye health and vision!

Glaucoma Treatment in Copperas Cove

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Precise Diagnosis and Treatment for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a primary cause of vision loss in America, but fortunately this eye damage is not an inevitable part of diagnosis. When glaucoma is detected early during a comprehensive eye exam by your Copperas Cove eye doctor, we can also begin treatment early. And the sooner you begin treatment for glaucoma, the more positive your prognosis.

Although there is an increased risk for glaucoma in people over age 40, we include glaucoma screening as a part of our thorough eye exams for all adults who visit our Copperas Cove optometry practice. This is the most dependable way to diagnose glaucoma before any problematic symptoms appear.

Does glaucoma present symptoms?

The main characteristic of glaucoma is elevated pressure of the intraocular fluid. However, this is not something that you will be able to feel. In fact, glaucoma doesn’t generally present any symptoms noticeable by patients during the early stages. Usually, by the time an individual notices the signs of glaucoma, there is already irreversible vision damage. Yet, our advanced glaucoma screening with multiple diagnostic technologies will spot the early signs. That’s why routine eye exams with glaucoma testing are so essential to your long-lasting quality eye health.

How many types of glaucoma are there?

octimage in Copperas Cove, TXThere are two types of glaucoma, and the most common form of this disease is called “open angle” glaucoma. Open-angle doesn’t’ caused any pain or discomfort, and your vision will stay normal for quite a while.

The second form of glaucoma, termed “angle-closure” glaucoma, can arise suddenly. Symptoms include blurry vision, headaches, nausea, eye pain, and seeing halos around lights. Angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency that demands urgent attention. With this type of the disease, intraocular pressure can climb rapidly and damage vision within a short time.

What are the risk factors for glaucoma?

  • Aging, especially once you are over 40
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Family eye history – be sure to tell our Copperas Cove eye doctor if glaucoma runs in your family
  • Use of steroid inhalers as asthma treatment
  • Hispanic Americans, specifically in the elderly
  • History of eye injury or trauma (this can lead to secondary open-angle glaucoma)

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Glaucoma testing in Copperas Cove, TXWhile the main indication of glaucoma is higher-than-normal fluid levels inside your eye, diagnosis is only confirmed with a comprehensive, dilated eye exam that inspects your optic nerve and retinal tissues. In order to accurately determine if you require glaucoma treatment from our Copperas Cove optometrist, we may use the following devices:

  • Tonometry:  this procedure measures intraocular pressure with a specialized tool that either blows a mild puff of air across the surface of your eye, or makes gentle eye contact with a blue-light probe.
  • OCT Scans (Optical Coherence Tomography):  these scans are an advanced form of digital imagery that maps your inner eye structure. Generally, we will perform OCT scans repeatedly over a number of visits in order to compare and analyze for changes. Differences in your results can provide significant diagnostic information about progressive glaucoma damage, which is very helpful for prescribing glaucoma treatment.
  • Visual Field Testing:  glaucoma typically damages peripheral (side) vision first, which is why people don’t always notice the onset of this disease. Visual field analysis gives us a clinical way to measure any vision loss outside of your center field.

What types of glaucoma treatment are provided in Copperas Cove?

No matter what type of glaucoma treatment we recommend, the goal is to lower or stabilize intraocular pressure. Ideally, reduced pressure will prevent damage to the optic nerve. Prescription eye drops are usually the first type of glaucoma treatment that we recommend for open-angle glaucoma. Vigilant compliance by the patient is the key to success with regard to eye drops – you must insert them regularly, according to your eye doctor’s instructions. Depending upon the severity of your condition and how far it has progressed, other medical therapies for glaucoma include pills, laser procedures, conventional surgery, or a combination of different treatments.

The only way to rule out or diagnose glaucoma is with a comprehensive eye exam. If our Copperas Cove eye doctor detects the signs of glaucoma, we will begin glaucoma treatment as soon as possible to prevent ocular complications and damage.

Styes, Chalazions, and Your Eye Doctor in Copperas Cove, TX

Have you noticed around your eye there is abnormal swelling or bulging? Depending upon the location, this could be a chalazion or a stye. A chalazion is often around the external edge of the eye, while a stye rests right on the eyelid. While these symptoms or conditions are not urgent eye emergency, they should be brought to the care of a local optometrist as soon as possible. These conditions, while possibly temporary, can be signs of:

  • Poor hygiene around the face.
  • Blocked meibomian glands (where your tears are produced).
  • A result of another eye condition that’s causing the inflammation.

A chalazion or stye can take a number of weeks until they fade, yet an optometrist can guide you on how to treat the condition quickly. The healing process can be expedited through gentle cleaning with mild soap and water or a warm compress. Your eye doctor can also prescribe local medical ointments or antibiotic eye cream as required.

Unlike pimples, never pop a stye or a chalazion as this will worsen the condition.

For more medical eye care, contact our practice today to schedule an eye exam to treat your stye or chalazion.

Presbyopia is a natural result of the aging process and not much can be done to prevent it.

Macular Degeneration (AMD) & Nutrition

Older Couple Bench BikesStaying fit on a balanced diet doesn't just help your overall health and make you feel better, but when you analyze your family's health history, sticking to a diet that includes fruits and vegetables while avoiding sugars might be too simple of an approach.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is mainly an inherited disease and the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 50. This disease progresses over time and can destroy central vision, impairing the ability to perform everyday tasks. Unfortunately, there's not a known cure to stop its progression. However, what has been shown to prevent the effects of this disease is a very carefully crafted diet on the advice of an eye doctor.

While it may be clear to many people that smoking or obesity definitely increase the risk of eye diseases and other health problems, any deficiency of the right vitamins in your system could also be detrimental. In addition, establishing what your body needs as you get older, such as which medication to take, types of exercise, and even reconsidering how much water you drink will ensure healthy eyes and body. At a minimum, such awareness allows for time to detect early signs of eye disease and begin treatment to avoid nearly any vision loss. Unfortunately, too many patients discover they suffer from macular degeneration until only there’s been a loss of central vision in one eye.

Why even try to guess what your body needs? At Cove Eye Care, we offer Macula Risk, the breakthrough diagnosis that will calculate exactly what supplements your body requires!

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Discovering what vitamins or supplements you may need on your own may not actually suit your individual needs. However, there are a few well-known supplements and healthy superfoods that generally reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Ultimately, discussing what you should take is best done with your local eye care professional who can narrow down the options for your specific visual needs.

  • Foods like dark, leafy green vegetables, fish or fish oil, and a daily intake of fruits & nuts
  • Increase the intake of lutein and zeaxanthin. There are studies that suggest these carotenoids play a part in reducing the risk of macular degeneration.
  • Some suggest increasing the intake of antioxidants
  • Multivitamin or multimineral supplements.
  • For those diagnosed with macular degeneration or show early signs, your eye doctor will likely recommend a formulation called AREDS or a similar supplement package that’s specific to macular health. Some include:
    • I-Caps AREDS 2 (Alcon)
    • PreserVision AREDS 2 (Bausch + Lomb)
    • Eyepex Macula (Eyepex Formulas)
    • MacularProtect Complete AREDS2 (ScienceBased Health).
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates & sugars

As with any nutritional advice, staying ahead via prevention is key. Keep a close watch on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They are very easy to monitor on a regular basis and are basic indicators of your overall health.