Your eyes. They've been with you for your entire life, but how well do you really know them? Let's see. Take out your number two virtual pencil and tell us if the following statements are "True" or "False."
- 39 million people in the world today are blind.
- 234 million people have some kind of vision impairment.
- 80 percent of vision problems can be avoided or cured.
- Vision requires 80 percent of your brain to be involved.
- Eyes heal quickly.
- Your eyes can get sunburned.
- Around the world, an adult goes blind every 5 seconds.
- Your eyes blink an average of 17 times per minute.
- Smoking increases the risk of eye disease.
- Someone can get an eye disease at any time.
If you answered "True" to all of the statements above, you not only scored 100 percent, but also made an important case for why it's critical to get a regular eye exam. In honor of the importance of eye care, the month of August has been designated as National Eye Exam Month, a period dedicated to eye health and safety. Even if you have perfect vision and your eyes don't bother you, it's critical to get your eyes examined regularly.
An eye exam can help you in a number of ways, including:
- Diagnose eye diseases. You could have an eye disease or the onset of one without ever experiencing any symptoms. An optometrist will be able to determine eye diseases during an exam, helping you get the treatment you need.
- Diagnose health issues. Your eyes say a lot about your health. An optometrist also may be able to detect signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, or glaucoma.
- Vision correction. Your vision changes over time. So while you may not have needed glasses before, you might need them now. In addition, if you have a prescription for eyeglasses, it may need to be updated.
- Better performance at school for kids. Vision problems can result in reading and other learning difficulties for children at school. That's why it's important to get your children checked regularly as well.
- Better health. Do you suffer from headaches? Your pain may be related to your eyes. Be sure to talk to your optometrist about any pain you experience.
Make a bright move this August!
Observe National Eye Exam Month by scheduling eye exams for you and your family members.