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Protect Your Eyes with Regular Exams

Do yourself—and your eyesight—a favor. Schedule an eye exam today. Your doctor can tell you how often you should get screened. Need a doctor? Visit our online physician directory to find one who's right for you.

Save Your Sight

Take steps to protect your vision

Your eyes. They allow you to see the soft glow of a sunrise and the first steps of your child. They also enable you to drive a car, watch television and enjoy countless other activities. So why risk your sight? According to a study by the National Eye Institute, 3.3 million Americans ages 40 and older are affected by low vision and blindness. And this number is projected to climb to 5.5 million by 2020. Protect your vision from disease and injury by following these guidelines recommended by Prevent Blindness America:

  • Have regular eye exams every one to two years.
  • Wear proper eye gear around machinery, lawn mowers and during sporting activities.
  • Wear sunglasses with 99 percent to 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.
  • Avoid smoking, eat healthy foods, control your blood pressure and stay physically active.
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Stock your first-aid kit with an eye shield and eyewash.
  • All adults should be screened for glaucoma. And if you have diabetes, you should get checked for diabetic retinopathy, too. For both eye problems, symptoms of vision loss may not be noticeable at first. But left untreated, these eye conditions can cause severe vision loss and even blindness.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009