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Preserving Vision: The Importance of Regular Eye Exams for Early Detection

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Several leading causes of blindness, such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy, can begin without any noticeable symptoms. That's why Friedberg Eye Associates, PA, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology advocate for individuals to undergo an eye examination at age 40, regardless of apparent vision health. Onset of disease and vision loss indicators may surface around this milestone age.

At Friedberg Eye Associates, PA, our doctors firmly believe in the principle that "Early detection and treatment leads to healthy eyesight."

In need of further motivation to undergo an eye examination? Here are four compelling reasons to consult with an ophthalmologist:

1. Your brain adjusts to vision loss, often allowing some eye diseases to remain undetected until it's too late. Once vision is lost, it cannot be restored. Ophthalmologists can identify eye disease before vision is compromised, preserving your sight.

2. Consulting an ophthalmologist can enhance not only your eye health but also your overall well-being. As the blood vessels and nerves in your eyes mirror those throughout your body, ophthalmologists are sometimes the first to diagnose diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or vitamin deficiencies.

3. Your eye health is influenced by various factors, including family history, ethnicity, age, and general health. An ophthalmologist can assess your individual risk factors and recommend the most suitable measures for disease prevention.

4. Eye disease poses a significant challenge to the U.S. healthcare system. With our population aging, the number of individuals affected by vision loss is projected to double by 2050.

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