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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.
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:
Colorado Optometric Association's
Youth Art Competition
Grades 1 - 12 Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020
The Colorado Optometric Association invites Colorado student grades 1st-12th to submit 2D artwork for the first annual Colorado Optometric Association’s Youth Art Competition. The competition is titled A Beautiful Sight encourages expressing the value of seeing the world with your eyes.
We encourage student artists to reflect upon the value of their own eyesight as they craft and create their 2D art submission. What do you appreciate about your ability to see? How do your eyes add value to your day? What beautiful and inspiring things do you see each day?
Vision Changes at 41-55 Years of Age
Did you know that your vision has been gradually changing since childhood? It’s true! These subtle changes occur for everyone, even for individuals who have never needed assistance from glasses or contacts. Over the course of your life, the lens in your eyes begins to stiffen and slowly begins to lose its ability to change focus from near to far.
Trouble Focusing Up Close (Presbyopia)
After age 40, these gradual vision changes often begin to manifest as having difficulty quickly changing focus. For example, you may notice transient blur at distance after you have been doing a lot of near work. This is called Presbyopia, which will continue to advance through your early 50’s when near vision changes should then stop.
Presbyopia is not curable or preventable and it occurs for everyone. Your local optometrist can assist in correcting your vision with eyeglasses or contact lenses so that you can maintain your quality of life.
Symptoms of Presbyopia
These symptoms may occur gradually with the first signs showing after age 40:
- Hold reading material further away to make letters clearer
- Needing brighter lighting when reading
- Blurred vision at normal reading distance
- Eyestrain/ headaches after a task requiring near vision like reading
- Slow transition from near to far viewing or vice versa
Age is the greatest factor for developing presbyopia. Almost everyone experiences symptoms of presbyopia after age 40 to some degree.
Premature Presbyopia Risk Factors
Specific diseases like diabetes, anemia, eye trauma, multiple sclerosis or cardiovascular diseases can increase your risk of premature presbyopia, which is presbyopia in people younger than 40. Some drugs are associated with premature presbyopia symptoms, including; alcohol, anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressant, antihistamines, antipsychotics, antispasmodics, and diuretics.1
When to See an Optometrist
If blurry close-up vision is interfering with your day-to-day tasks or quality of life, it is recommended that you get a comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist right away.
Seek immediate medical care if you experience:
- Sudden loss of vision in one eye with or without eye pain
- Sudden hazy or blurred vision
- Flashes of light, black spots or halos around lights
- Double vision
Many people don’t realize that in addition to keeping your eyes healthy and addressing eye health challenges, optometrists can detect over 270 serious health conditions
This holiday season you can eat your way to better eye health by simply incorporating key foods to support your eyes. Good eye health starts
Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.
Social Media Contests
We’re celebrating healthy eyes across our beautiful state with monthly social media contests. Enter each month for a chance to win monthly prizes. Contests for all ages!