Ameritas invited Dr. James Divine of EyeCare Specialties in Lincoln, Neb., to share what vision challenges children face.
It is important for children to have their eyes examined regularly to detect vision problems at an early age.
Many people schedule regular exams to have their vision checked, but may wonder if it’s necessary to have a comprehensive exam that includes dilation of both eyes.
The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first eye exam by age 1, the next one at 3 years old and another before starting kindergarten. After that, students should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to evaluate their total vision—not just a screening to check their ability to see.
Eye floaters can be bothersome, but eye professionals say they are very common and usually are not a cause for concern.
As people age, they are more likely to experience a serious eye problem that can result in diminished or permanent vision loss. The National Eye Institute reports that visual impairment often is caused by eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Many people believe that vision problems occur mostly as you age. Although older individuals are at increased risk for several eye diseases, vision problems can occur at any age.
For years medical professionals have touted the benefits of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart. Now scientists have discovered the hidden value of omega-3 fatty acids in benefiting eye health.
For individuals diagnosed with cancer, one of the nagging concerns is whether it will spread to other parts of the body. Although body scans can be performed to identify cancer cells, most tests can only show active growth areas.
There is new hope for individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that impacts the lives of more than 1.75 million Americans. By 2020, medical professionals predict this number to climb to more than 3 million.