Starting the Year Off Right for Your Eyes

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The parties are over and the ball has dropped; now is the time to make sure that those New Year’s Resolutions don’t get forgotten. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to not get the getting done. So, what are you waiting for? Make an eye appointment. Your eyes will thank you.

The eyes are an important, but often overlooked, part of overall health. Despite the preventable nature of some vision impairments, many people do not receive recommended screenings and exams (Source: HealthyPeople.gov). Most eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, respond well to treatment if caught early. These common vision problems often have no early warning signs. If a problem is detected, an eye care professional can prescribe corrective eyewear, medicine, or surgery to minimize vision loss and help a person see his or her best.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 – the age when early signs of eye disease and vision changes occur. Individuals at any age with symptoms of eye disease or eye disease risk factors (like high blood pressure, family history or diabetes) should see their doctor to determine how often your eyes should be examined.

Don’t put off an appointment for another year. Your Sight Matters!

 

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