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March, 2014:Save your Vision!
March is National Save Your Vision Month. While many of us think that having good vision simply means that our eyes are healthy, that is not always the case. Scheduling an eye exam is the first step to take in saving your vision.
Many eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their early stages of development. During your exam, your doctor will check the health of your eyes inside and out for signs of problems. In many cases, early detection and treatment of eye diseases can help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss. By looking if your eyes' blood vessels, retina, and other vital parts, your eye doctor can actually detect the early warning signs of certain conditions and diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many other problems. For example, diabetes causes small blood vessel leaks or bleeding in the eye as well as swelling of the macula, which can lead to vision loss. Your eye doctor can detect this during a comprehensive eye exam and administer appropriate treatment.