Annual Eye Exams
How would you rate the importance of your eye health? According to the National Eye Institute, more than 11 million Americans have an uncorrected vision problem. Your eyes are one of your most valuable assets, and a yearly eye exam is critical to maintaining it.
Eye health could also have a major impact on the development of children. According to the Vision Council of America, 1 in every 4 children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have a comprehensive eye exam at six months, three years and five years of age. After that your child should have a comprehensive annual eye exam (or every two years, if no vision correction is required).
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does more than just determine your prescription. They will also:
- Check your eyes for common eye diseases
- Evaluate how your eyes work together
- Assess your eyes as an indicator of your overall health
Routine eye exams are important, because they can be the first sign of trouble in your eyes. Eye exams can also uncover early signs of hypertension, diabetes and other conditions.
As we age, our eyes change. Older adults are at risk for specific eye problems including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts (which affects about half of Americans age 65 and older, according to the National Eye Institute), and floaters (which could be a symptom of a more serious condition like a detached retina). That’s why as we get older, annual eye exams are even more important than ever.
According to the American Diabetes Association, over 20 million people in the U.S. are affected by diabetes. It especially important for those with diabetes to get annual eye exams, because it enables their doctor to monitor changes in their eyes reducing the likelihood of vision-related diabetes complications.
Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness, often has no warning signs but can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.
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