According to the National Association for Eye and Vision Research, blindness is one of the biggest fears in this country. However, in spite of this concern, many people still skip regular eye examinations, which could help prevent loss of eyesight in older age.
Eye Problems: A Growing Concern
In the US alone, there are around 41 million people suffering with blindness, poor vision or an eye condition related to age. This number is predicted to rise to 64 million in just 17 years’ time. Some of the most common problems are cataracts, glaucoma (around 2.7 million people over the age of 40 suffer from this) and macular degeneration.
Whilst some degenerative eye conditions are unavoidable, there are many that could be delayed or avoided all together, with the right level of preventative and curative treatment.
The Importance of a Regular Eye Exam
It’s unlikely that you’d miss a regular doctor’s check-up or an annual dental examination. However, for some reason, some people don’t place the same importance on their eyes, and some don’t even bother having regular eye examinations.
It’s actually recommended that you have an eye examination every 2 to 4 years. Regularly getting your eyes examined by a professional ophthalmologist is really worthwhile, and can identify eye conditions before they’ve had a chance to become a real problem.
Prevention is Better than Cure
Of course, there are ways to treat glaucoma and other eye-related complaints. However, it’s a lot easier, not to mention cheaper, to use preventative treatment than it is to cure the condition.
If you haven’t had an eye examination in a while, now is a good time to book one! Likewise, if you’ve got children, it’s recommended that you arrange for them to have regular eye examinations too, to ensure that they maintain great vision throughout their lives.
If you’d like to book an appointment today, simply get in contact with Dr Guggino at 813-876-1400.