Whether you live across the Triangle NC in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or any other locale, you probably know someone who has not been to the eye doctor on a regular basis. Many people have a lot of excuses why they put it off. They believe their eyes are just fine. They do not mind squinting to read, or they have stopped driving at night because of the glare. Some hate that puff of air directly in the eye. For others, it can be a cost issue.
In any case, avoiding an eye exam is not that uncommon. According to recent studies, 86 percent of people at risk for eye disease don’t get an annual eye exam.
On the other hand, over 70 percent of Americans age 45 and older fear being blind more than being deaf, and almost 80 percent fear blindness more than having to use a wheelchair. (Lighthouse International Statistics).
So why aren’t you calling the professionals at Park Ophthalmology?
Here are three interesting yet common reasons why people procrastinate:
- The cost: Money is the big reason. Many people without health insurance or proper vision care don’t want to pay for the exam. But consider this: catching a problem early not only means a better chance of fixing it, but also increases your chances of avoiding expensive surgeries and procedures. In reality, exams are relatively inexpensive as opposed to the discovery of something very serious.
- Nothing seems to be wrong: Many Triangle residents skip the visit to the eye doctor because they simply don’t “see” anything wrong. Still, even those with perfect vision should receive an eye exam on a yearly or bi-yearly basis. Some eye conditions such as glaucoma, have almost no symptoms, but can cause serious damage. In some cases, your eye doctor can even discover other health problems during your regular eye exam. http://parkophthalmology.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/4-eye-opening-health-concerns/
- Dislike of exams: Finally, some people simply dislike going to the Ophthalmologist and peering through different machines for those tests. But that little puff of air, while not fun, doesn’t hurt; and it could save your vision someday. Studies show that 80 percent of vision loss is preventable. Remember, hindsight may be 20/20, but by then, it might be too late.
Your eyes are the avenues for discovery and enjoyment. Be focused about how you care for them. You could lose your sight in the blink of an eye.
This article about the benefits of eye exams is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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