Here are some eye-opening statistics.
Over a 15 year period, from 2002 to 2017, the number of people at high risk for vision loss — seniors, people with diabetes, and those with eye disorders — rose from 65 million to 93 million. Even more alarming, 40% of adults responded that they haven’t been visiting an eye doctor for annual eye exams.
The study also found that eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or eye injury grew from 9% in 2002 to almost 11% in 2017.
Two of the most significant factors that lead to vision loss in seniors is 1) high blood sugar and 2) not getting regular eye exams. Both have cause for concern. What’s more, people over 65 with diabetes is expected to double by 2040. Plus, among adults at high risk of blindness, only 57% reported visiting an eye care professional annually.
The good news? These issues can be managed. For diabetes, a healthier lifestyle including diet and exercise can help control blood sugar levels and can help reduce vision loss. For eye exams, just be sure to schedule an annual check-up with your eye doctor.
Your eye care is an essential part of your overall health. A simple low-cost vision plan from your association and AMBA are more important than ever. Learn more online at www.AMBAdentalvision.com or call (866)979-0497 and find out how you can help keep your eyes healthy while saving hundreds on exams, eyeglasses, and contacts.