One of our best eye doctors in Indianapolis sent me the following YouTube clip last night. It is a hilarious clip of a comedian talking about going in to get his eyes examined.
After watching this, the reason I laughed so hard is because it is so true (as with most comedy, I suppose). He mentions that it has been six years since his last eye examination and the reason he didn’t go is that he was “too busy to see clearly”. How many of us have been guilty of putting off going to see our eye care doctor because we didn’t have time? While this clip is funny, the truth is that lost productivity due to poor eyesight alone costs this country millions of dollars every year because people put off going to their eye doctors to get a comprehensive eye examination and a renewed prescription for their contact lenses or eyeglasses. On top of this, according to the National Eye Institute, the number of Americans with major eye diseases is increasing, and vision loss is becoming a major public health problem.
Blindness or low vision affects 3.3 million Americans over the age of 40, or 1 in 28. This figure is projected to reach 5.5 million by the year 2020. The study identifies age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy as the most common eye diseases in Americans age 40 and over.
Worse yet, another study shows that most Americans don’t know the risks and warning signs of diseases that could cause blindness. In the “Survey of Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Related to Eye Health and Disease,” sponsored by the National Eye Institute and the Lions Clubs International Foundation, 71 percent of respondents said that eye sight loss would have the greatest impact on their day-to-day lives, but only eight percent knew that there are few early warning signs of glaucoma.
The answer is pretty simple, get in to see your Indianapolis or Indiana eye doctor and follow the mantra of “check yearly, see clearly.”