GENESEO, N.Y. Aug. 14, 2023 – Has it been a while since you had your eyes checked? If you answered yes, you're not alone as more than 80 percent of Americans haven't seen an eye doctor in roughly five years. August is National Eye Exam Month and Livingston County is encouraging residents to schedule a routine appointment with an Ophthalmologist to maintain eye health and optimize vision.
Each year, the number of people who are diagnosed with an eye-related condition increases significantly. In fact, the National Eye Institute, a government agency that monitors eye health and collects national statistics, forecasts that by 2050, the number of people living with visual impairment or blindness will have doubled to include nearly eight million people with roughly 16.4 million Americans expected to have difficulty seeing due to correctable refractive errors such as myopia or hyperopia that will require glasses, contacts or surgery.
With the youngest of the Baby Boomer generation set to reach age 65 by 2029, scheduling a routine eye exam every one to two years will be critical in ensuring that vision-related problems are diagnosed and potentially corrected before they progress into something more difficult to treat.
As people are generally spending more time on screens than in the past, the need to routinely have your vision checked has increased over the last decade. If you’re experiencing blurred vision, tension headaches, floaters in your sight, difficulty focusing, dry, itchy eyes, redness, discharge or pain, consult your healthcare provider.
For more information regarding exams, common vision-related problems, treatment options and more, please visit the National Eye Institute’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.