Health Watch — Eyes: Finding the Problem

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Your eyesight is a precious gift you don’t want to risk losing. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about ways to save or improve your sight. One of the best ways to protect it is with regular vision exams. The National Institutes of Health estimated last year that 10 million Americans had undiagnosed vision problems that could be corrected.

There are also diseases that affect the eyes, such as glaucoma. Dr. Dwight Cavanagh, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says glaucoma can’t be undone, and because it’s painless and has no symptoms until it’s too late. A regular eye exam is the only way doctors can discover it in time to take action. People under the age of 50 should have an eye exam every two to three years. Older adults, people with vision problems and those with risk factors such as diabetes need an annual eye exam.


April 2007

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