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August Is National Eye Exam Month

eye test chart and glassesThe importance of vision screening can’t be overstated. Many forms of vision loss are not inevitable and early detection of vision problems can mean a chance to slow or halt that loss. Experts recommend a comprehensive baseline exam at age 40 whether you have any symptoms or risk factors of eye disease or not. This way, changes in vision due to common age-related eye problems such as macular degeneration or glaucoma can be tracked against the baseline. Meanwhile, people who have or are at risk for conditions such as diabetes that can cause vision loss, or who have noticed any eye problems or vision changes, should be screened no matter their age.

For more on who should be getting checked at what ages, not to mention why screening is so important, check out this article: 5 Reasons to Observe National Eye Exam Month. And don't forget that you can search for vision specialists in your area with Foundation Fighting Blindness’ directory of eye care professionals. Here’s to your eye health!

Image description: A pair of folded wire-frame glasses resting against an eye exam chart
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