Blue Ridge Laser Eye observes Save Your Vision Month

Published 4:03 pm Friday, February 24, 2012

During February, Save Your Vision Month, Blue Ridge Laser Eye Associates reminds even those people with no signs or risk factors for eye disease of the importance of getting a baseline eye disease screening at age 40, the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur.
“Many eye diseases progress without any warning signs,” says ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Perraut. “Gradual changes in vision can impact your ability to function independently and have confidence in your abilities. One of the hardest adjustments a person can make is adapting to a life with permanent vision loss. That is why nothing replaces a comprehensive baseline eye exam.”
Based on the initial screening, an ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams. For individuals at any age with symptoms of or at risk for eye disease, such as those with a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, Blue Ridge Laser Eye Associates recommends that individuals see their ophthalmologist to determine how frequently their eyes should be examined.
Despite the risks, Americans remain relatively unconcerned about vision loss. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for its EyeSmart campaign reveals that less than a quarter of Americans (23 percent) are very concerned about losing their vision, while a majority feel weight gain or joint and back pain are of greater concern than vision loss.
“Unfortunately, millions of people will suffer significant vision loss and blindness because they don’t know the risks,” said Perraut. “That is why the academy launched the EyeSmart campaign, because knowing your risks can save your sight through regular eye exams.”
For more information visit www.geteyesmart.org
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by Wanda Wofford