Understanding your Vision.
Did you know that 63 million Americans have a vision issue, and less than half of them saw an eyecare professional last year? That’s one of the many reasons it’s so important for you and your family members to get your eyes examined every year.Here’s more information – and more fast facts – about the why’s and how’s of vision.Did you know…- More than 70 percent of UV radiation can pass through clouds?- You blink more than 17,000 times a day?- 75 percent of the world’s blindness is preventable?- One quarter of all U.S. school children have a vision problem significant enough to affect learning?- One in five people is at risk for vision loss?Early detection is crucial in preventing and treating eye conditions and diseases. Getting a complete exam every year is an important step you can take to help monitor and protect your vision health.
Healthy Vision For a Lifetime
Seeing Better, Living Better
Vision problems can occur at any age, which is why regular eye exams are so important. And vision care isn't just about seeing well. It's also about quality of life. Good vision care leads to better overall health.
For kids, regular eye exams are important because 80% of what a child learns by age 12 is obtained visually. Yet seven out of 10 school-age children who have problems reading have some form of visual impairment.
There is a signficant relationship between undeteceted vision problems and reading and learning difficulties. Problems in school affect not just learning, but also a young person's self image, and that can translate to problems throughout life.
At this stage, there is a trend toward heavy contact lens use. Remember, in most cases, contact lens wearers should allow four to six hours of rest for their eyes to get the oxygen they require each day. Always have a good pair of glasses for times you're not wearing your contacts.
Once you hit 40, your vision begins to change. Even if you never needed glasses before, you'll soon need some sort of vision correction to help you read.
One in every three seniors has a vision-impairing eye disease, but most aren't aware of any symptoms until the eye disease has progressed to the point that treatment options are limited. However, regular eye exams can detect them much earlier.
No matter what a person's age, eye exams do more than determine eye health. In fact, diseases like diabetes and hypertension can be detected during an exam. The bottom line? Good vision can last a lifetime. But, in order to protect your eyes, prevention and care should start at a young age.