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Your Eyes Have 2 Million Parts!

Are you taking care of them?

We know you wouldn’t trade your priceless vision for anything. That’s why your annual comprehensive eye exam is essential for your current and future eye health. Getting your eyes checked isn’t only about seeing 20/20, it’s about life.

Eye fact

Prevent digital eye strain when using any screen with the 20-20-20 Rule! Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away.

FIND A COLORADO EYE DOCTOR

47% of Americans skip their annual eye exam.

 

You wouldn’t trade your vision for anything, but skipping your annual eye exam for any reason could be jeopardizing your current and future eye health.

Two simple steps:

Step 1 – Click the “Find An Optometrist” button Step 2 – Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today!

Colorado Optometric Association's

Youth Art Competition

Grades 1 - 12 Deadline: Oct. 15, 2021

The Colorado Optometric Association invites students in grades 1-12 to submit artwork for the 2nd Annual Youth Art Competition. The 2021 competition encourages students to reflect on “My Future Vision”. The contest will be open for submissions from June 1, 2021 – October 15, 2021.

Vision is a very important part of navigating the world especially for artists. Participants are encouraged to reflect on what they’d like to see or create in their own future world.

A Message For the Artists: Do you have a goal that you’re striving for? Would you like to solve a problem that impacts your family, local community or global community? Tell us about it through your artwork. We also challenge you to think about the value of your “physical eyesight” in bringing this vision into your future world. Colorado optometrists agree that understanding the value of your eyesight is the first step in taking care of your priceless eyes.

The One Secret Optometrists Want Everyone to Know

Are you ready for the big secret?

Well, here it is… Annual comprehensive eye exams are not just about your vision! These yearly visits are ALSO your best chance at early detection of over 270 non-eye related diseases including cancers, autoimmune diseases,
stroke risk, high blood pressure and more.

Wow! How is this possible? Eye doctors are the only health professionals that can see into the back of the eye to investigate the health of the blood vessels and optic nerve, which can uncover a lot about your eyes and general health. In fact, many of the 270+ diseases that can be detected in an eye exam can be detected by an eye doctor before symptoms show up. This means that early detection of a disease can give the patient and healthcare team the ability to treat, manage and slow progression before quality of life is impacted.

“We want every Coloradan to know that when you skip your annual eye exam you’re putting more than your eyesight at risk. An annual eye exam is truly your best chance at early detection for general health challenges that can impact patients at any age. It’s a simple 30–60-minute appointment that has saved lives. Don’t skip this exam,” says Dr. Jean DeMoss, President of the Colorado Optometric Association’s Board of Directors.  

Can I Just Get a Quick Screening?
A vision screening is simply a tool used to determine if you should see an eye doctor for a comprehensive exam and is not effective at detecting potential eye health issues. A vision screening does not detect or diagnose any vision or health issues and does not replace a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist. This means if you have only been getting vision screenings then you will want to schedule a comprehensive exam with an optometrist soon.

Common Health Conditions Optometrists Can Detect

  • Autoimmune diseases (lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Certain cancers (blood, skin, tissue)
  • Brain tumors
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Stroke risk
  • Thyroid disease

Eye fact

Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.

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