Comprehensive eye exams can detect problems well before vision is affected

The North American Press Syndicate (2/6) reports that “a comprehensive eye examination can catch problems with your eyes well before your vision is affected.” For example, patients with “primary open-angle glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy” may not “have recognizable symptoms” of vision loss “until the diseases are quite advanced.” And, as the population ages, eye examinations will become more important. “By 2020, 43 million Americans will be at risk for significant vision loss or blindness from age-related eye diseases such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, an increase of more than 50 percent over the current number of Americans with these diseases.” Yet, “despite the statistics, many Americans are more concerned about weight gain or back pain than they are of vision loss.”