August 11th, 2009
Caring for Your Eyes
From Peg Achenbach, O.D., Senior Director Professional & Medical Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Across the world, there is a common misperception that seeing well translates to good eye health. However, even people with perfect vision can be affected by serious eye diseases.
According to a new survey from The Vision Care Institute, Global Attitudes and Perceptions About Vision Care, many adults and children do not visit an eye care professional for a comprehensive exam. Additionally, one-in-three parents/caregivers have never taken their child under 18 years of age for any type of vision assessment. The findings reveal that adults in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Unites States report high rates of comprehensive eye exams, while lower rates are reported in China, Singapore, Japan, and Russia.
Given the importance of comprehensive eye exams, I was very concerned by these findings. A comprehensive eye exam is different than a vision screening, which is a type of screening that children may receive at school or may be part of a driver’s test to detect vision deficiencies. A comprehensive eye examination, on the other hand, is conducted in an optometrist or ophthalmologist’s office. Eye care professionals check for vision correction needs in addition to determining overall eye health. Regular comprehensive eye exams may help to identify other health concerns, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Caring for your eyes and improving your vision can help to improve your quality of life. For more information about key findings from the study, and to learn more about eye health for adults and children, visit the The Vision Care Institute.