I recently hosted a radio program with an eye specialist. We were talking about Lasik eye surgery and similar approaches to help you get rid of your glasses.

Millions have these procedures. But if you have a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis or diabetes, there are more basic eye health questions to address. With MS, some people get optic neuritis. That’s why regular eye exams are so important. In my case, it was years before I started seeing an ophthalmologist regularly, and it’s easy to “blow off.” But if I started going blind or having real discomfort, it would be more urgent.

The thing about eye care is it is important to stay ahead of anything that might develop.

If you have dealt with a chronic disease related eye problem, what suggestions would you make to others? So often we are focused on other aspects of the disease, we forget about our eyes. I bet you have a story to share that might spur others to get regular checkups.

–Andrew