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How Much do you know about eye health?

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Many Americans are unaware of common eye health issues and diseases that can develop over time. Many Americans also think they understand eye health and how to keep their eyesight in good health, but here are some things that Americans may not know.

Leading Causes of Blindness

The leading causes of blindness are glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Many eye diseases have subtle symptoms or no acute symptoms at all so having a regular eye exam is a must. We recommend a complete eye exam every 1 to 2 years or as determined by your eye doctor.

Groups at Greater Risk

There are also certain groups that are more at risk of developing eye problems. These groups include:

  • African-Americans who are 6-8 times more likely to develop glaucoma
  • Many Caucasians develop age-related macular degeneration in their senior years
  • African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian Americans are at higher risk of diabetes which increases their risk of diabetic eye disease
  • Asians Americans are at a higher risk of developing an uncommon type of glaucoma called normal-tension glaucoma

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Vision

Many believe that eye issues are inevitable with age, however, there are ways that may help keep your vision healthy.

Try following these tips:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Do not smoke
  • Schedule regular eye exams