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Your vision should be part of your decision to age healthfully 9/3/2018

According to a national survey by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, almost two of three American adults say they have vision or eye problems. However, a significant percentage of them do not seek medical care such as regular visual checkups to save their vision. In celebration of Healthy Aging Month in September, CODET Vision Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology to emphasize the importance of getting periodic visual exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision.

Some of the most common vision diseases related with age are Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Glaucoma. Early diagnosis and treatment of these diseases can save your vision even before the loss of vision occurs. Ophthalmologists recommend a complete visual exam as the best way to avoid that these conditions become debilitating.

Adults in the United States do not get their visual tests with the recommended frequency.

Results of the survey emphasized the need of more education about the importance of visual exams. The results showed that 64% of adults had at least one or more of the following vision problems:

• Difficulty seeing at night
• Blurry vision
• Reading up close
• Flashes of light
• Red and teary eyes
• Double vision

Despite experiencing some level of decay, only 13% admitted having been seen by an ophthalmologist.

How often should adults have an eye exam?

The Academy recommends that a healthy adult should have one vision exam per year starting age 40, even if there is no previous history or visual problems. Those with chronic diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, should get more frequent examinations.

CODET Vision Insitute encourages you to get your yearly checkup with an ophthalmologist as well as complete visual tests to confirm that your eyes are healthy and to foster the habit of early detection of visual diseases.


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