August Is National Eye Exam Month

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In 1989, Sears Optical founded National Eye Exam Month. Since that time, ophthalmologists and optometrists have used it to promote eye safety. This is important because, unfortunately, an eye exam is often at the bottom of a person’s to do list. This month is a time to spread awareness about the importance of taking care of one’s eye health. It is important to regard one’s eye health in the same way as any other areas of health.

1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of an award winning vehicle donation program, would like to share some very important reasons to motivate you to observe National Eye Exam month:

  1. Some eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or cataracts, will sometimes show no symptoms and you may need an exam to discover these irregularities. Detecting them early can prevent you from suffering severe eye damage.
  2. Often times reoccurring headaches can be due to an underlying eye condition, such as glaucoma or papilledema.
  3. Sometimes learning and reading difficulties are related to vision deficits instead of learning disabilities. A simple eye exam can help determine that.
  4. An eye exam can also detect early signs of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and diabetes.
  5. Even if you have had an eye exam before and wear glasses already, your vision can change over time. It is important to get regular annual eye exams so that your prescription for glasses is accurate.
  6. For those of you who have had laser vision correction, you still need to have eye exams. Even though you no longer need glasses you can still develop retinal problems, cataracts, and glaucoma.

For some great tips on keeping your eyes healthy, be sure to visit WEBMD and watch their informative slideshow. 1-800-Charity Cars hopes that everyone will make a call today and schedule a comprehensive eye exam for yourself and your children if you have them.