Tip #2: Get regular eye exam

Many people who care about their eyesight aren’t always that good about getting to the doctor. A survey by the American Optometric Association (AOA) found that 85 percent of people valued their sight as their most prized sense, but less than half of that group had had an eye exam in the past two or three years. “People tend not to think about preventive care…Many diseases affect the eye in such a way that you can see 20/20 until suddenly, one day you can’t” says Dr. Lowe.

A comprehensive eye exam might include:

-Talking about your personal and family medical history

-Taking vision tests to see if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism (a curved cornea that blurs vision), or presbyopia (age-related vision changes)

-Tests to see how well your eyes work together

-External and microscopic examination of your eyes before and after dilation

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