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The importance of taking care of your eyes
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By Joseph Rios

When we think of taking care of our bodies, things like diet, exercise and other factors come to mind. While those are all important things to consider, another part of the body can be overlooked ľ the eyes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 11 million Americans over the age of 12 need vision correction.

Eye diseases are fairly common in the country, but the problem is the impacts of an eye disease can go unnoticed. Early detection can play a key role in prevention common eye diseases like cataracts, or clouding of the lens, the disease that is the leading cause of vision loss in the country, diabetic retinopathy, a disease that causes damage to blood vessels in the back of the eye and is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the country, glaucoma, a disease that causes optic nerve damage and age-related macular degeneration, breakdown of light-sensitive tissue in the eye.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for vision loss. The problem is only half of the country has visited an eye doctor in the past year.

Eye care is important to oneĺs health, because it can preserve your vision.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 15 percent of children get an eye exam, while less than 22 percent of them receive vision screening. Children should have their eyes checked out by a doctor at least once when they are between the ages of three and five-years-old.

People with diabetes are suggested to have a dilated eye exam each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says African Americans who are ages 40 years or older, all adults older than 60, especially Mexican Americans and people with a history of glaucoma in their family should have a dilated eye exam every two years.

You can take steps to protect your vision by getting regular eye exams, eating a healthier diet, knowing your familyĺs eye health history, wearing sunglasses and quitting smoking, or not smoking at all.

A good amount of jobs nowadays require that you stare at a computer throughout the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests looking away from your computer very 20 minutes at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The suggestion is titled the 20-20-20 rule.

As the United States population continues to age, it is believed the number of people who are blind or visually impaired will double in the country by 2030. If we take care of our vision, the quality of the countryĺs eye health will improve.





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