Your vision affects nearly everything you do each day, but it is easy to take it for granted.
Historically, eye diseases have been difficult to diagnose in people who don’t have easy access to trained eye doctors and specialized medical diagnostic equipment, such as those living a long distance from medical facilities or in rural areas. But that trend has changed. Health professionals now can use their smartphones to help detect eye problems.
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Ameritas invited Dr. James Devine of EyeCare Specialties in Lincoln, Neb., to share what vision challenges children face.
It is important for children to have their eyes examined regularly to detect vision problems at an early age.
Many people schedule regular exams to have their vision checked, but may wonder if it’s necessary to have a comprehensive exam that includes dilation of both eyes.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first eye exam by age 1, the next one at 3 years old and another before starting kindergarten. After that, students should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to evaluate their total vision—not just a screening to check their ability to see.
Eye floaters can be bothersome, but eye professionals say they are very common and usually are not a cause for concern.
As people age, they are more likely to experience a serious eye problem that can result in diminished or permanent vision loss. The National Eye Institute reports that visual impairment often is caused by eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Many people believe that vision problems occur mostly as you age. Although older individuals are at increased risk for several eye diseases, vision problems can occur at any age.