As we welcome a new year, we are filled with anticipation and hope. New Year’s Resolutions are just one way to commit to stronger relationships, higher aspirations and better health. Of all your resolutions for the upcoming year, scheduling a comprehensive eye exam may not seem like a top priority in 2017, but consider these facts:
- 11 million Americans over the age of 12 have reduced vision that could be corrected with glasses.
- 61 million Americans are at risk for vision loss but less than half have visited their eye doctor in the past 12 months.
- The number of blind or visually impaired Americans will double by 2030.
Eye diseases are common and can go unnoticed for a long period of time. Therefore, it is important to schedule routine comprehensive eye exams to prevent disease and maintain healthy vision. Eye exams are important for children as well as adults. Amblyopia (limited vision because the eyes are not working together) is the most common cause of vision problems in children and affects between 2 and 3 percent of children in America.
Because eye health is essential for every member of your family, make a resolution to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam for your whole family (Source: Centers for Disease Control). You can make all your appointments together and make a special day out of it. Your ophthalmologist will test:
- Visual acuity
- Depth perception
- Eye alignment
- Eye movement
- Retinal and optic nerve health (through eye dilation)
After the appointments, you will have an accurate assessment of your family’s visual health. If there are any vision problems that need to be corrected, your ophthalmologist can begin a treatment plan immediately. There is no better way to begin a new year than knowing that your family’s vision is clear and healthy. What a bright outlook you will have for 2017!