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The Importance of Eye Exams
Loss of vision is second only to cancer as our biggest fear. Many eye diseases have no symptoms in their early stages. Most eye diseases can be treated and vision saved if diagnosed and treated early.

Only 1 in 16 children receive an eye examination before they start school and only 60 percent before they graduate. Less than half of adults at risk for vision loss have had an exam through dilated pupils within the last year. Fifty percent of people with glaucoma do not know they have it. Only 60 per cent of people with diabetes receive annual dilated eye examinations. If we value our vision so highly and if we can prevent many cases of vision loss, then why are we not getting our preventive eye examinations? Studies show it's not that we don't care, it's that we don't know.

So when should you have an eye examination. A child's first eye examination should be at age 6 months, at age 3, before starting school, then every 2 years. People between 18 and 40 should be seen every 2 years and then yearly exams after age 60 are recommended. People with diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, age related macular degeneration, frequent prescription changes, or other risk factors may require even more frequent exams.

Ask us when you or your family members should be seen if you have any questions. www.aoa.org/eye-exams.xml will give you more information regarding eye and vision care.

 
 
 
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