Why would anyone put the health of their eyes at risk?
The answer is unclear, since blindness is among the most common human fears. But many people apparently don’t prioritize eye care; in fact, of 61 million U.S. adults at risk of serious vision loss, only half see an eye doctor annually, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, shifting demographics are pressing the issue as the number of blind or visually impaired U.S. residents is set to double by 2030.
Here's a look at five common risks that could be compromising your family’s eye health:
“What checkup? My eyes feel fine.” A regular eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist brings peace of mind in ensuring your vision is fine and you’re not subject to one of many eye diseases without immediate symptoms. In a recent CDC study
, nevertheless, 35 percent of adults 40 and older with moderate-to-severe visual impairment had skipped such exams in the past year because they found them unnecessary. Early treatment is crucial to common diseases such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration; that said, 80 percent
of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.“My eyes ...