By 2020, 43 million Americans will be at risk for significant vision loss or blindness from age-related eye diseases. The earlier these diseases are discovered and treatment begins, the better the chance of preserving good vision. The first step in preventing vision loss is to get a baseline eye exam at the age of 40. This is the age when early signs of eye disease and changes in vision may occur. For individuals at any age with symptoms of, or at risk for, eye disease (such as those with a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure), The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends seeing an ophthalmologist to find out how frequently their eyes should be examined.

While regular eye exams are extremely important, education and awareness are also part of the eye health equation. As part of its EyeSmart campaign empowering Americans to take charge of their eye health; the Academy has launched a reliable eye health website to help educate consumers about eye diseases and conditions, vision correction and the preservation of healthy vision across a lifetime. The comprehensive new website which can be found at www.GetEyeSmart.org is the one stop source for everything eye-health related.

Together, we can get EyeSmart! To tour the new EyeSmart web site and learn more about caring for your eyes visit: www.geteyesmart.org.

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins is a writer mom, nurse and a community volunteer. She is the author of various articles about home and family life and has been featured in parenting magazines and newspapers.
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