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When was the last time you went in for an eye exam? Do you get your eyes checked every annually, every two years, or has it been a few years? Given that August of National Eye Exam month, we set out to get a better understanding of eye health issues in the United States compared to how often people get their eyes checked.
Starting from the top, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 12 million people at least 40 years old have some kind of vision impairment. About 6.8% of children 18 years or younger have some kind of eye or vision-related condition. Around 2,000 workers incur work-related eye injuries, and 93 million adults in the United States have a high risk of vision loss. As a matter of fact, vision disability is considered among the 10 top disabilities that affect children and adults in the United States, yet (drum-roll please) only half of the population is reported to have gone in for an annual eye exam.
A study conducted by vision care revealed that most people consider their eyesight to be their most important sense and that maintaining eye health is critical. Yet, again, only half of the population goes in to get their eyes checked annually.
While our eyesight is critical to our quality of life, we may neglect to realize how interconnected it is with many aspects of our lives. Additionally, with climate change, technological innovation, and human evolution in general, going in for an annual eye exam is essential, even if you have 20-20 vision. Here are some things to consider that make getting an annual eye exam so important.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, June 9). Fast facts of common eye disorders. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/basics/ced/fastfacts.htm
Vision Service Plan. (2022). VSP Vision Care: Vision insurance. VSP Vision Care | Vision Insurance. Retrieved from https://www.vsp.com/eyewear-wellness/eye-health/eye-health-survey-results