Watch for Eye Diseases

As you age, you increasingly are at risk for developing eye problems, particularly glaucoma and a detached retina.

Glaucoma is a disease that results from too much pressure inside the eye. “Your doctor should be checking the pressure in your eyes on a regular basis,” says Kennett D. Asher, DO, CMD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Symptoms can include pain in the eye or blurred or decreasing vision. We can treat glaucoma if we catch it early, but left untreated, it can cause blindness.”

When your retina, the part of your eye that processes light, pulls away from the tissue that surrounds it, you are experiencing a detached retina. It does not hurt, but can cause lack of peripheral vision, “floaters” and flashes of light.

“You need treatment right away for a detached retina,” says Asher. “Otherwise, it can cause vision loss.”

To make an appointment with Asher, call 573-331-3996 or visit his webpage to learn more.