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Eye Health: The Importance of Healthy Vision Care

July 26, 2012

Tests show American’s may not care for their vision as well as they should.

It is no secret that regular exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way towards keeping our bodies healthy and preventing us from having to visit our doctor’s office more than normal. However, what many people do not often realize is the fact that some of these important lifestyle factors can also go a long way in maintaining good eye health and preventing serious vision conditions from forming later down the line.

Just as a well-balanced lifestyle, combined with regular trips to the doctor, can keep illness away, seeing your eye doctor regularly and following important eye care safety tips can keep your eyes safe for many years to come. Unfortunately, not all people see poor vision as a serious threat, and therefore do not take the necessary steps in order to keep their eyes healthy.

According to a new survey from Bausch + Lomb, only seven in 10 consumers reported that they were somewhat or very knowledgeable about their vision and proper eye care health. However, nearly 97% of doctors involved in the survey disagreed. What’s worse is the fact that 13 million Americans aged 12 and older have visual impairment and 61 million U.S. adults are at a high risk for serious vision problems. Unfortunately, only half of those tested had managed to visit an eye doctor in the last year.

Luckily, eye care health does not fall to the bottom of the list for the majority of people when it comes to maintaining a healthy, happy lifestyle. According to the same survey conducted by Bausch  + Lomb, many people would rather risk losing a limb or another key sense long before they lost their eyesight. However, if you do not begin taking care of your eyes before it is too late, this may not be a decision that you get to make.

By scheduling regular eye examinations, eye doctors will be able to spot any signs of a number of different dangerous diseases, and eye doctors are usually among the first to uncover any clues that may remind them of other patients with similar condition. Some of these dangerous diseases include heart attack, stroke, tumors, high blood pressure and even diabetes.

We at OCLI recommend an eye exam every 2 years. Depending on a patient’s risk factors for eye diseases and or current symptoms, more frequent eye exams may be warranted. To learn more about the importance of healthy vision, be sure to watch the video below:

If you are looking to sign up for a comprehensive eye examination this summer, be sure to contact OCLI today or fill out our free consultation form for more information.

 

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