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Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
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FRIDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Even though 81% of Americans use some form of vision correction, 26% have not visited an eye doctor or eye care specialist within the past two years, according to an American Optometric Association-commissioned survey.
The poll suggests many people aren't paying enough attention to their eye health.
"Every adult should have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years, but it's even more important for people who already use corrective lenses," Dr. James Kirchner, the AOA's eye health expert, said in an association news release.
"Too often, we see people who have put off eye exams, because they assume they just need a different lens prescription, when they really have a more serious problem. With eye diseases and disorders, as with most health issues, early detection and treatment are often the keys to avoiding permanent problems," Kirchner said.
Annual eye exams for everyone over age 60 are recommended by the AOA.
The survey of 1,001 Americans age 18 and older also found:
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Optometric Association, news release, Oct. 13, 2008
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