Posted at 08:42 AM on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 by dist6
Vigilant Vision Care Keeps You Out of the Dark – A Clear Plan for Healthy Eyes.. Do I Need an Eye Exam?
Under 40, no risk factors - plan to have your eyes checked every few (3) years.
Under 40 with risk factors like smoking, alcohol/drug abuse, diabetes, hypertension, or family history of eye disease - consult a doctor yearly
40 to 60 years old - eye exams every one to two years
60 + years - every year. If you have an existing eye condition you\'ll need to be monitored more closely.
\"Sudden loss or change—even a very brief black out or gray out—is especially alarming because it could mean impending stroke,\" says Dr. Selvin. \"The eyes are extensions of the brain, so Veterans always need to remain proactive about having any vision change evaluated.\"
If you experience any of the symptoms listed below or any changes in your vision, schedule an eye appointment.
Reduction of peripheral (side) vision
Black spots or bright lights
Sudden vision change in one or both eyes
Blind spots or distortion
Inability to read or see fine print
Vision changes that interfere with your ability to drive, read, work or watch television or movies
Blurriness of distant objects, while close objects are clear
A feeling of itchy, scratchy eye