Eye Exams are Important Even If You Don't Wear Glasses
Seeing an ophthalmologist is a very important step toward preventing vision impairment or even blindness as we age.
Those of us who wear glasses know when we need an eye exam. Those of us who don't, well, we'll get around to it—a rather near-sighted and potentially dangerous decision. Seeing an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who specializes in the structure, functions, and diseases of the eye, is a very important step toward preventing vision impairment or even blindness as we age.
But I can read small type –my eyes are fine! The standard eye chart to evaluate visual acuity (keenness of visual perception) is the part of an eye exam with which we're most familiar. But there's a lot more to a thorough exam than meets the eye. A dilated eye exam can detect the most common causes of blindness – glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration – even before we're aware there's a problem. That's important because as we age, one in three Americans develop some form of vision-impairing eye disease – disease that can often be successfully treated if detected early. So schedule an eye exam at regular intervals and keep the odds in your favor!
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