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How Often Should I Get an Eye Exam?

Many people will make time for health checkups but may not think about eye checkups. It is especially the case when they do not have any vision issues or wear glasses. However, professionals say you must have an eye exam at least once a year, ideally, or every two years. The frequency of the exams will depend on several factors unique to each person. 

Common Vision Issues for Children

Your eyes are constantly growing and developing from birth until you are about or over 18 years old. Of these years, the first 6 to 8 years are critical; during this time, most visual issues develop. Also, children learn about 70% of everything through observation. These two facts should tell you just how important it is to have a child see a professional eye doctor. 

How Is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?

The early warning signs of age-related macular degeneration can be challenging to detect. That is because they may not present with any noticeable vision changes. During an annual dilated eye exam, an eye doctor can identify the presence of drusen, small but visible accumulations of cellular waste on the retinal surface.

When Should My Child Get Their First Eye Exam?

Are you looking for ways to set up your little one for academic and social success? If so, you should think about their vision, even if you see no apparent issues. The American Optometric Association estimates that as much as 80 percent of children’s learning occurs through their eyes. 

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Glaucoma, unlike other eye diseases, does not have a variety of warning signs to make the presence of the disease evident. Additionally, is not preventable and can cause irreversible vision loss or even blindness if left untreated. The eye condition damages the optic nerve progressively. The optic nerve transmits visual signals from the eyes to your brain to necessitate vision.

Does Diabetes Affect the Eyes?

Diabetes causes your body to have issues processing food as energy. Either the body does not produce enough insulin or it does not respond to insulin. This leads to too much glucose in the bloodstream and causes damage to nerves and blood vessels. The impairment runs throughout the body and extends to the eyes. So, how does diabetes affect the eyes? Read on to find out.

Is Myopia Curable?

Myopia is an eye refractive error condition common to adults and children. Also referred to as nearsightedness, myopia results in blurry vision. It occurs when the light entering your eye focuses on the front of the retina instead of directly on it. It is often diagnosed during childhood when the eyes are growing fast. It can worsen until an individual reaches adulthood at around age 18.

Signs That Your Child Has Myopia

More than 40 percent of adults in America have myopia. What is alarming is that this number continues to increase each year, with myopia now affecting children as young as three years old. According to studies, myopia currently occurs in nearly half of all school-aged children, and this has the potential to affect the children’s education and overall quality of life.

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