Saturday, May 11, 2013

"Healthy Vision: Make It Last a Lifetime."

By Terry Orr

The May 2013 theme for Healthy Vision Month is "Healthy Vision: Make It Last a Lifetime."

According to the CDC:
  • In 2010, approximately 4 million persons in the United States aged ≥40 years had vision impairment (including low vision and blindness);
  • By 2050, this number is projected to reach 13 million
  • Vision impairment is associated with inability to perform daily activities such as reading, driving a car, and preparing meals.
  • Vision impairment also is associated with an increased risk for falls, fall-related injuries, depression, and reduced overall health
  • Millions of persons in the United States have undetected vision problems and eye diseases.
  • Vision disorders are the seventh most common chronic condition for person’s aged ≥65 years,
  • The ninth most common for those aged 50–64 years, and
  • The third most common for those aged ≤17 years.

Early detection, timely treatment, and the use of proper eye safety practices can prevent or delay vision impairment.

I have been sensitive regarding my vision in general and care thereof as well for several decades - as a result - in addition to my annual eye exam, over the past 15 or so years, visit my doctor a second time. I highly recommend everyone see their eye doctor at least every year.

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