The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) encourages everyone aged 40 and older to schedule a comprehensive eye examination this February. The AAO has designated February “Save Your Vision Month” in a campaign to raise awareness about the need for regular vision exams to screen for age-related eye diseases and conditions.
By 2020, the AAO estimates that about 43 million Americans will be at risk for serious loss vision and even blindness due to age-related eye conditions, such as:
These age-related eye diseases often progress slowly and may not be noticed without regular screenings by a trained eye doctor. Early detection of eye conditions like glaucoma can often be crucial in preventing further vision loss and blindness.
The AAO not only recommends a comprehensive baseline eye examination at age 40, but also encourages adults to increase the frequency of their eye exams as they age. For adults with healthy eyes and no additional risk factors other than age, the AAO recommends regular eye examinations every:
- 5-10 years for adults under 40
- 2-4 years for adults 40-54
- 1-3 years for adults 55-64
- 1-2 years for adults 65 and older
If you fall into any of these age groups at risk for age-related eye diseases and conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration, please contact a local ophthalmologist today and schedule your comprehensive eye examination.