Doctor’s appointments. Dental visits. Immunizations. All these appointments and more clutter the family calendar. While it is a given that mom, dad, and the little ones will have regular medical and dental visits, what about the eyes?
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Eye exams are just as important as other medical visits. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends eye screenings for all aging adults. The AAO recommends that baseline screening even if adults have no signs or risk factors for eye diseases. It is suggested by the AAO that adults get an eye screening starting at age 40 — the age when early signs of diseases or changes in vision may occur. During the baseline screening, the ophthalmologist will determine when you need to come back for followup exams.
If you have symptoms of or are at risk for an eye disease — such as family history, diabetes, or high blood pressure — the AAO recommends seeing an ophthalmologist to establish a plan for regular eye screenings. Of course, if you have a long standng condition or an eye injury, you should consider to see your eye care provider. You should also see an eye care provider regularly if you wear glasses or contact lenses.
An ophthalmologic evaluation can show any abnormalities of the visual system and related structures — serious and minor. Eye screenings — as recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology — can also reveal systemic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes. Adults over 40 should know that relatively common eye diseases can go undetected without proper screenings by an eye care provider.
Moms? Over 40? As you schedule medical and dental visits for your family, don’t forget to make an appointment for an eye screening. Eye screenings will allow you to preserve your vision and keep your eyes healthy.
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