We know what we’re supposed to do. Have a yearly physical. Visit the dentist every six months. After a certain age, get an annual or bi-annual mammogram or a prostate exam. For a variety of reasons, though, some of us have a hard time sticking to that schedule. We’re even worse when it comes to taking care of our eyes and vision. (We’ll save ears and hearing for another article, but sometimes we’re pretty bad at that, too.) However, your eye health is serious stuff and should be given the same care as the rest of your body.
“As we mature, more people have the diagnosis of diabetes or high blood pressure and people can have eye problems related to those conditions, too,” states Dr. Jed Hillmer, an optometrist who owns Hillmer Eye Clinic near downtown Fargo. “I would say that most people don’t know that, though.”
Age-related eye issues will become an increasing burden on our health care system as our current crop of baby boomers continues to get older. By the year 2030, approximately 70 million Americans will be over 65 years old. A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that roughly one in three elderly patients has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65.
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