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EyeCare America Promotes Healthy Aging Tips During September's Save Your Sight Month
Date:8/25/2009

Health campaign offers 5 tips for the aging eye

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) August 25, 2009 -- EyeCare America, a national non-profit organization that provides eye exams and eye health information to medically underserved communities, is providing 5 tips for a healthy aging eye in honor of September's Save Your Sight Month.

"We find that many people don't pay attention to their health until something goes wrong," said Richard P. Mills, MD, chair of EyeCare America's Seniors EyeCare Program. "By providing tips for a healthy aging eye during Save Your Sight Month, we are hoping to encourage seniors to be more proactive in the care of their eyes and vision."

EyeCare America's 5 Tips for a Healthy Aging Eye:
1. If you are 65 or older, have your eyes examined every one to two years. Periodic medical eye examinations are an important part of routine preventive health care. As one grows older, there is an increasing risk for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important for protecting you vision and, when possible, preventing permanent vision loss. Early signs of eye disease can develop at as early as 40 years of age to those without a history or symptoms of eye disease. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that everyone have a baseline eye disease screening at 40. If you have any symptoms of or a family history eye disease, see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

2. Review and address your family history of eye disease. If you have a family member with an eye disease, such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes or age-related macular degeneration, you are at greater risk of developing these diseases. So next time you are at a family gathering remember to ask your family if anyone has an eye disease and/or tell them if you do. By doing so you are t
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