Preventative Eye Care: A Worthy Investment

spectacles dollar“Better late than never” is not a saying that applies to your eye care. In a time when health care costs are so expensive, sometimes it is easy to forego a check-up or well visit, but preventative care is almost always less expensive than waiting until disease sets in, and vision loss has to be repaired; you can’t turn back the clock once damage has been done.

Americans spend $140 billion every year on eye and vision disorders, according to Prevent Blindness America. Diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and blurred vision get incrementally worse and increasingly expensive to treat as time progresses. Americans spend more on eye disorders than on heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer.

Many of us take our vision for granted every day, but what price would we place on it if we knew that it could be taken away from us? We would certainly be more conscious to make regular appointments if we kept this idea in mind (Source: Nature World News).

John Wittenborn, study author and research scientist for “Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States” explained, “What’s lacking is early detection or early diagnoses. Vision problems are detected too late. Right now, we can’t restore vision; we can only retain vision that has not been lost and (preventative care) can really save and prevent people from losing a significant amount of vision and money.”

Make your vision a priority by getting regular vision screenings. Vision cannot be restored, but only retained. Preserve the precious gift of sight by making an appointment today at an eye center near you.

 

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