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The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends to all licensed Ophthalmologists to Establish a Baseline of Eye Health for all patients at the age of 40. The American Academy of Ophthalmology also recommends an eye disease screening for all aging adults.

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Dr. Long makes this same recommendation to all his patients. The purpose of The Academy now recommending this: Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40--the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur.

Based on the results of this preventative initial screening, an ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams. You can have peace of mind knowing that you don't have any hidden issues you need to be concerned about.

For individuals at any age with symptoms of or at risk for eye disease, such as those with a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, the Academy recommends that individuals see their ophthalmologist to determine how frequently their eyes should be examined. This would be a preventative measure as well and sure does eliminate stress about potential challenges before they happen.

The recommendation does not replace regular visits to the ophthalmologist to treat ongoing disease or injuries, or for vision examinations for eye glasses or contact lenses. Much like mammograms at 40 or colon screenings at 50, this eye disease screening is a reminder to adults as they age that they need to maintain their eye health.

Here's to better eye health! Call Dr. Long right now to schedule your baseline exam. Long Vision Center phone is 903-892-2020, a qualified staff member will set an appointment for you.

Why Should I Get The Recommendation?

A baseline evaluation is really important because it may detect eye diseases common in adults aged 40 and older. This single evaluation alone, creates a greater opportunity for early treatment and preservation of vision.

At complete ophthalmologic evaluation can uncover common abnormalities of the visual system and related structures, as well as less common but extremely serious ones, such as ocular tumors. A proper evaluation by Dr. Long can also uncover evidence of many forms of systemic disease that affect the eyes, like hypertension and diabetes. Having this appropriate intervention, potentially blinding diseases such as glaucoma, cataract and diabetic retinopathy often has a favorable outcome.

There are several common eye diseases which can impact people 40 and older without them knowing there is any problem with their eyes. Dr. Long doesn't want you to be one of these.

Did You Know That in 2000, it was estimated that 2.22 million people had primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), a number that will increase to 3.36 million in 2020. Unfortunately only about half of those with POAG were unaware that they had the disease at the time the diagnosis was made, according to one estimate.

Early detection and treatment of POAG may prevent or delay loss of vision, but, unfortunately, this disease is often without symptoms until vision loss is extensive.

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness and often affects working aged adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2005 that there were a total of 20.8 million in the population (7%) with diabetes, of which 6.2 million were undiagnosed.

In 2000, about 4.1 million U.S. adults 40 years and older had diabetic retinopathy, or about two out of every five people with diabetes mellitus. Although effective treatment for reducing the risk of blinding diabetic retinopathy is available, many patients with diabetes do not receive evaluation and treatment in time to minimize the risk of vision loss. Dr. Long doesn't want you to take that risk, he would prefer regular exams every 6 months to a year.

If you are age 40 or older and have not had a recent eye disease screening, get over to the Long Vision Center or call us right now at (903) 892-2020 and schedule a screening today. It is an essential step toward preserving your vision and keeping your eyes healthy.

Courtesy of material updated in February 2009,

by the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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