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.

5 Responses to “Caring for Your Eyes”

  1. C.DiMatteo says

    Regular eye exams are vital and are the key to preventive health.

    A detailed eye exam at Optix checks for virtually all eye-related problems such as:

    Dry Eyes
    Macular degeneration
    Diabetic or hypertensive retinopathy
    Neurological disorders affecting the visual system
    Binocular vision problems
    Accommodative disorders, ocular allergies, and much more

  2. Pete says

    Excellent information concerning eye health… I believe the eye is one of the most important organs of our body and keeping it health is something we should give importance. You have given a very useful material, very good job.

  3. eye exam prices says

    You should get an eye exam at least once a year. If you are experiencing problems such as burning, stinging, blurriness, dryness, a loss of vision, regular headaches, itchy eyes or watery eyes, you should visit an optometrist immediately. You can prevent diseases and protect your vision by visiting a professional who will diagnose you and provide you with treatment.

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