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Setting your Sights on Vision Health

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Most American adults need vision improvement, at a rate of 3 to 1. These 4 common diseases are reasons for getting (or keeping) vision insurance.
Of the estimated 93 million U.S. adults at high risk for vision loss, only 1/2 visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months.

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vision health isn’t just about how clear/far you can see. The National Institutes of Health recommends regular dilated eye exams, which include tests for:

  • visual acuity (clarity)
  • peripheral vision
  • eye muscle function
  • pupil response
  • tonometry (pressure)
  • dilation to look at the inner parts of your eye.

Frequency depends on your risk factors and your doctor’s recommendation. Generally, you should get a dilated eye exam every 1-2 years if you: have a family history of glaucoma, are African American and over age 40, or are over age 60; more often if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.

The CDC warns of 4 common diseases that can cause partial vision loss or even blindness. They are:

  1. Cataracts, cloudy lenses
  2. Diabetic Retinopathy, damage to blood vessels in the eye
  3. Glaucoma, optic nerve damage
  4. Macular Degeneration, age-related breakdown of light-sensitive tissue in the eye

Early diagnosis and treatment are vital. With most American adults needing vision improvement, at a rate of 3 to 1, regular eye exams are crucial reasons for getting (or keeping) vision insurance.

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