Most of the time, people only visit the eye doctor when a problem arises, such as experiencing blurred vision, or seeing shadows, spots, or light flashes — which are signs that there may be a retinal problem. Unfortunately, these signs don’t always present themselves clearly (symptoms don’t show themselves), leaving many people without the treatment they need.
Therefore, it’s important to have regular periodic eye exams, especially if you are in a high risk group for retinal diseases.
High risk groups for retinal diseases include:
- Those with a family history of retinal diseases
- People over 50
- People suffering from diabetes
- People with a -6.00 prescription or more
- People who have undergone eye surgery such as LASIK
Remember that symptoms do not need to be present to benefit from an examination.