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In Your Eyes

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I’ll confess right upfront that I have a fear of eye doctors in the same way that most people fear dentists, so I could happily go for years without an eye exam. But I do have the common sense to know that staring at a computer screen all day, every day, isn’t the best thing for my eyes. And so, once a year, I take a very deep breath and head to the eye doctor.

The American Optometric Association recommends a comprehensive eye exam every two years for adults age 18-60, annually for adults age 61 and older or for adults who wear glasses or contact lenses. So when was your last appointment?

A comprehensive eye exam does more than check your vision on an eye chart. You’ll be tested for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. An eye pressure test will check for glaucoma, and the interior of the eye will be examined for macular degeneration and cataracts.

Eye exams can be performed at an independent eye doctor’s office, at an optical retail chain like Pearle or For Eyes, or at major retailers like WalMart and Costco.

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