From the moment you wake up until you go to bed at night, your eyes are working to bring you the world. Your eyes deliver 80% of the information you absorb every day— your family, friends, job and all the activities you enjoy! In support of Healthy Vision Month in May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is encouraging everyone to take charge of his or her eye health.
An estimated 37 million adults in America have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, all of which can cause visual impairment or blindness. However, recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular eye exams can help reduce a person’s risk of vision loss. “Early diagnosis to many eye diseases is key to help maintain and preserve eyesight,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner.
The AAO reports more than 23 million American adults have never had an eye exam. While many Americans visit their primary care physician for a physical and schedule regular dentist appointments, some forget about eye exams. The National Eye Institute (NEI) shares the following five tips to encourage people to take care of their vision.
* Consult your ophthalmologist and primary care physician before taking vision supplements, as some can interact with other medications and shouldn’t be taken by people with certain health conditions.
As a health professional, it’s our job to help make eye health a priority. Contact Shofner Vision Center to schedule your comprehensive eye exam. Accepting new patients age 10 years and older. Visit us online or call (615) 340-4733 today.