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Eye Exam

August is National Eye Exam month, the perfect time to book a comprehensive eye exam with your favorite eye doc. The Vision Council of America notes that 12.2 million Americans require some sort of vision correction. Can you believe that nearly 50% of parents with children under 12 have never taken their children to an eye care professional? Both children and adults need annual eye exams — the only way to protect vision and help prevent potential issues. Here are five reasons to share with your patients about why they should have an eye examination.

  1. Save a headache. If you have been having unexplained, constant headaches, your solution could be visiting your optometrist. An eye care professional can pinpoint the problem of your headaches.
  2. Perform well in school. One out of every four children has vision problems. A common reason children fall behind in school is poor, undetected vision. Taking your children to the optometrist can detect an eyesight problem that can contribute to learning and reading difficulties.
  3. Determine prescription. Your eyes change over time. An optometrist can determine if you need eyeglasses or contact lenses, or if you need a stronger prescription to reduce eyestrain and help you see better.
  4. Detect eye conditions. An optometrist is able to spot the early onset signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and high cholesterol just by conducting an eye exam.
  5. Prevent conditions. Many serious eye diseases often have no symptoms. An optometrist will see the early signs of diseases, such as macular degeneration or cataracts. Early detection is important to prevent serious damage.

Courtesy of Optometry Times

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