Age, gender, ethnicity and lifestyle can all play a role.
Seeing less than your best can impact how much you accomplish in a day.
Early detection of vision and health problems keeps more money in your wallet.
Don’t put your eyes at risk – 50% of vision loss can be prevented with an eye exam.
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Younger adults may have trouble seeing up-close or far away because they put off visiting the eye doctor. Keeping prescriptions up to date and getting a regular eye exam helps to keep eyes healthy. You only have one pair of eyes, so make sure you take care of them. Doing things like spending time in the sun without protecting your eyes can cause problems later in life.
It's inevitable. Around age 40, most people begin to have trouble seeing up-close. If they’re using readers, they may not be seeing their best. Or, if they’ve worn glasses or contacts for a while, their prescription may be out-of-date. No matter what your age, you need to protect and take care of your eyes with regular eye exams and protection from the sun's UV rays.
Many serious, sight-stealing diseases become more common later in life. People over the age of 60 are at increased risk for cataracts and glaucoma. They are also more likely to develop overall health issues – like diabetes and hypertension – that can affect eye health. Regular eye exams can catch problems early – and early detection means better management.
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Women are more likely to develop certain eye diseases, such as cataracts. They are also more likely to experience eyestrain and fatigue, as well as headaches from light and glare. Regular eye exams and the right eyewear can help detect problems early and provide comfort.
Men may not be at the highest risk for some eye conditions, but they are just as likely as women to suffer from a number of eye and health issues that can impact vision. Risks change depending on lifestyle, ethnicity and age, so talk to your eye doctor about how you can manage your risks.
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African Americans are more likely to suffer from these vision problems:
Not only are African Americans more likely than Caucasians to develop cataracts, but they are five times more likely to develop blindness as a result.
African Americans are five times more likely than Caucasians to develop glaucoma, and four times more likely to suffer blindness as a result.
The African American population is also at high risk for these health conditions that can impact vision:
African Americans are about twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy and cataracts, and is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans aged 20 to 44. The good news is, 90% of diabetes-related blindness can be prevented, and diabetes can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam.
African Americans are 40% more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure, and are 10% less likely to have it under control. It’s important to take control by seeing an eye care professional, because high blood pressure can lead to hypertensive retinopathy..
Asian Americans are at high risk for a number of eye-related issues.
The Asian American population is more likely than the national average to develop angle-closure glaucoma, which is caused by rapid or sudden increases in pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma is often characterized by the loss of peripheral vision and can progress to complete vision loss without treatment. People of Japanese descent are also more prone to a particular type of the disease, called low-tension glaucoma.
This common, and correctable, vision condition is even more common among Asian Americans.
Asian Americans are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, which can impact eye health.
This can contribute to diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma – all of which can lead to blindness without proper treatment. Because Asian Americans are less likely to struggle with weight issues that are commonly a risk factor, doctors are often late in diagnosing Asian Americans as diabetic.
The Caucasian population is at high risk for cataracts.
While cataracts are more common among African Americans and Hispanics, Caucasians are also at risk. Extended exposure to UV rays from the sun is also a risk factor, so protect your eyes outdoors just like you protect your skin.
The Hispanic American population is at high risk for these eye health issues:
Three times more common among Hispanics vs. Caucasians and African Americans, cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment among Hispanic adults. Extended exposure to UV rays from the sun is a risk factor, so protect your eyes outdoors.
Among Hispanics, open-angle glaucoma — caused by rising pressure in the eye — is the most common cause of blindness.
Hispanic Americans may also be affected by these overall health issues, which can impact eye health:
One in 10 Hispanics has diabetes, which is three times the rate of the general population. Diabetes can contribute to diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma – all of which can lead to blindness without proper treatment. The good news is, as many as 95% of Hispanics with diabetes have preventable, type 2 diabetes, which can be detected through an eye exam.
Roughly 29% of Hispanics are affected by high blood pressure. It can lead to hypertensive retinopathy, which causes blurry vision and even blindness. High blood pressure can sometimes be detected through an eye exam.
Those with a varied ethnic background can be at risk for a number of eye and overall health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which can impact vision.
Your risks increase depending on your lifestyle, gender and age.
Regular, comprehensive eye exams can detect these problems early, and early diagnosis means early treatment and better management of the disease.
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Those with medical insurance will pay less out of their own pocket; but even with health insurance, people usually still pay close to 20% of their medical costs themselves. The calculator will assume you’ll pay this amount of any bills you’d be likely to see due to vision-related health issues.
Bottom line, early treatment and prevention of eye diseases and overall health problems — that can be detected through an eye exam — will help you save more of your hard-earned money.
Since you do not have health insurance, the calculator will assume you’ll be paying your full medical costs yourself.
Bottom line, early treatment and prevention of eye diseases and overall health problems — that can be detected through an eye exam — will help you save more of your hard-earned money, both now and in the future.