Whether someone is eight or 80, eye exams are critical for healthy eyes and vision. Eye exams can identify vision problems and protect you from the impact of devastating eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration, which are among the leading causes of blindness. Eye exams also allow eye care professionals to take a noninvasive look inside the body, which provides an opportunity to detect up to 30 chronic medical conditions, even before symptoms occur. Treatment for these diseases, which range from heart disease to cognitive dysfunction, is more effective when caught in their early stages.
Routine eye exams should begin in early childhood since young children may be unable to communicate their vision challenges. Vision also plays a significant role in learning. Students engage in many vision-dependent activities such as reading, writing, and sports. In fact, 80 percent of what children learn requires healthy eyes and vision.
Regular eye exams are increasingly important as we get older. As our population ages, the number of blind and visually impaired people in the United States is estimated to double by 2030. Paying attention to our vision and eye health can significantly reduce that number and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.
In honor of National Eye Exam Month in August, schedule your eye exam today and make an eye exam part of your preventative care routine.
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