Did You Know...?
Did You Know...?
...that diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer and immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS can be detected from an eye examination? Not only do we check for visual abnormalities and diseases (i.e. macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, etc.) but we also screen for systemic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
...that age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in people over the age of 65?
...that it is recommended by the American Optometric Association to have your eyes checked every year if you are over the age of 40?
...that children under 6 years of age are not receiving adequate eye care, either by seeking professional eye exams or having undergone an adequate screening. For example, amblyopia is a condition that affects approximately 2.5% of children and is the leading cause of vision loss in the 20 to 70 year old age group.
...that nearly all patients who have Type 1 diabetes for about 20 years will have evidence of diabetic retinopathy.
...that up to 21% of Type 2 diabetics have retinopathy when they are initially diagnosed with diabetes.
...that diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age.
...The American Optometric Association guidelines recommend that your child have a complete vision and eye health examination at the age of six months, 3 years, upon entering kindergarten, and yearly thereafter throughout their school years.
...a recent study showed that of children under 6 years of age, only 14 percent have had an eye or vision exam. And only 30 percent of school age children have had an eye exam within the past year.
...that over 100 million Americans use a computer to one extent or another on a daily basis. Conservative estimates indicate that perhaps 75 percent of these people suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS is defined as eye and vision-related problems related to near visual tasks that are experienced during or related to computer use. If you experience symptoms such as headaches, eyestrain, eye fatigue, dry eyes, neck pain, watery eyes, blurry vision, or difficulties focusing, you may be suffering from CVS.
...the Children's Vision Committee released a study they conducted and finalized as of June 2002. The results showed that school screenings are not effective in diagnosing eye and vision problems. Of the 186 reporting previous screenings 90 passed, 46 failed, and 50 were unsure. Of the 90 reporting they passed their previous screening 73 (81 percent) were diagnosed with vision or vision related disorders. Of the 46 reporting they failed their previous screening, 45 (98 percent) were diagnosed with a vision or vision related disorder. In short, the survey showed that 81 percent of the children in that have received and passed vision screenings had a significant vision dysfunction identified at their first comprehensive eye examination by an optometrist.