The Eyes Have It: The Importance of Vision Care

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 The Eyes Have It: The Importance of Vision Care 

Importance of Vision CareEven if you don’t wear glasses or require only reading glasses, it’s important to stay up-to-date with your eye care. Why an eye exam? Not only can it detect a number of eye diseases, but also systemic conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure and neurological impairments. Eye exams can even find some eye diseases that may have no symptoms, which is critical, because the earlier they’re discovered, the easier they are to treat.

Consider:

  • Approximately 14 million individuals ages 12 years and older have visual impairment, among which more than 80% could be corrected to good vision with refractive correction
  • An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months
  • Early detection and timely treatment of eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy has been found to be efficacious and cost effective

Depending on your needs, you can see either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for an eye exam. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They can provide general eye care, treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgery. Optometrists have had four years of specialized training after college. They provide general eye care and treat the most common eye diseases. They do not do eye surgery.

 

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