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The Leading Causes of Blindness and Vision Impairment

Eye Exam 2Over 75% of the world’s blindness is preventable. In the majority of cases, there are no symptoms and no pain whatsoever, and early detection could’ve prevented permanent loss of vision. That is why Dr. Lauretta Justin recommends annual eye exams for everyone.

An annual eye exam is a major step to preventing unnecessary loss of sight. Your exam with our doctors is quick and painless. In fact, 95% of our patients get good news.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 11 million Americans aged 12 years and older could improve their vision through eye exam and proper refractive correction.

More than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 years and older are either legally blind (having best-corrected visual acuity of 6/60 or worse (=20/200) in the better-seeing eye) or are with low vision (having best-corrected visual acuity less than 6/12 (<20/40) in the better-seeing eye, excluding those who were categorized as being blind). A patient can also be considered legally blind if his/her peripheral (side) vision is reduced to 20 degrees or less in both eyes.

The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are primarily age-related eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Other common eye disorders include amblyopia and strabismus.

Let’s make sure that your eyes are absolutely healthy! Call us at (407) 292-9812 or request an appointment online now!