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Ophthalmologists Encourage Making Your Eyes Part of a Healthy Aging Strategy 8/1/2019

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month, CODET Vision Institute joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in emphasizing the importance of having regular eye exams to maintain healthy eyes and vision.

Some of the more common age-related eye diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help to save sight before vision loss occurs. Ophthalmologists recommend a dilated comprehensive eye exam as the best way to prevent these conditions from becoming debilitating.

U.S. Adults Do Not Get Eye Exams as Often as Recommended
The survey results emphasize a need for more education about the importance of medical eye exams. Findings showed that 64 percent of adults had at least one or more of the following issues with their eyes or vision:

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


Despite experiencing some level of impairment, only 13 percent admitted they had been seen by an ophthalmologist.

How Often Do Adults Need Eye Exams?
The Academy recommends that a healthy adult get a baseline eye exam at age 40, even if they have no history of eye problems or eye disease. This is when early signs of disease or changes in vision may appear. Early treatment can help preserve your vision.

However, not every adult should wait until they are 40 to have a complete eye exam. Those who have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure or those who have a family history of eye disease, may require earlier, more frequent exams.

If you are 65 or older, make sure you have your eyes checked every year or two.

CODET Vision Institute knows that healthy eyes equal a healthy life. This is why we encourage everyone, especially adults, to get their regular eye checkups in order to assess their vision and take the necessary steps, in case any issue is found. Remember: the earlier an eye condition or disease is detected, the easier it is to prevent it, treat it, and even cure it. Regular eye checkups are a necessity to help you live a full, healthy life with clear vision!

 

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

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