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Get Screened at 40

by Stephanie 6 May 2013 11:59 AM
The American Academy of Ophthalmology now recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline eye exam screening at age 40 - the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur.  Based on the results of the initial screening, your ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams.  For people of any age with symptoms of eye disease or with a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, the Academy recommends an exam with an ophthalmologist to determine how frequently their eyes should be examined.

This recommendation does not replace regular visits to the eye doctor to treat ongoing diseases or injuries, or for exams for eye glasses or contact lenses.  Much like other "preventative" health screenings for adults in their 40's and 50's, an eye disease screening is a reminder to adults as they age that they need to maintain their eye health.  A baseline evaluation is important because it may detect eye diseases common in adults aged 40 and older.  Unfortunately, several common eye diseases can impact individuluals without them being aware there is any problem with their eyes. A screening creates greater opportunity for early treatment and preservation of vision.

A complete ophthalmologic evaluation can uncover common abnormalities of the visual system and related structures, as well as less common but extremely serious ones, such as ocular tumors or melanomas.  This evaluation can also uncover evidence of systemic disease that may affect the eyes, like diabetes or hypertension.  With appropriate treatment, potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy often have a favorable outcome.  

If you are age 40 or older and have not had a recent evaluation for eye disease, call and schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist today.  It is an essential step toward preserving your vision and keeping your eyes healthy.



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