March is Official Save Your Vision Month!

 

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​We use our eyes all the time without even thinking about it, every waking minute. But just like your car, air filters, and pianos your vision need check-ups, maintenance, and adjustments! Just as you go see your primary care doctor for regular health screening, you should go see you eye doctor! So often we wait for something to go wrong, but what if we could prevent irreversible vision loss before it happens!
Diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma can often cause vision loss that go unnoticed until it is too late. By the time you see changes from glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other conditions, permanent damage may be established and progressing.
 
How often should I get my eyes checked?
Young adults (age 20-30’s) should get an exam every 1-2 years, particularly if you have dry eyes or a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, or glaucoma.  Without such risk factors, and if agreed by your eye doctor, up to 5 years may be reasonable for this age group.
 
 – Adults (age 40-60’s): this is the age when many eye diseases may begin to develop and an annual exam is highly recommended, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
 
Adults over 60: cataracts are a normal part of aging and are often noticed at this age if not earlier. Vision loss can also be due to development of aforementioned disease. It is important to get regular eye exams to know what to look for in vision changes.

What can I do to maintain good eye health?
Make sure you get adequate rest
Eat nutritiously (green leafy vegetables and omega-3 fish oil)
Wear sunglasses with UV protection
Wear protective eye wear, particularly at work, when using power tools,
even doing yard work (i.e. trimming trees)
Do not smoke
 
So. Have you had your eyes
​checked recently? 
Call us today!

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