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NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- August is National Eye Exam Month. Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss and related health issues, encourages everyone to take care of their eyes and their overall health by getting regular eye exams.
According to The National Eye Institute of Health, approximately 14 million people in the U.S., aged 12 years and older have visual impairment, which is defined as distance visual acuity of 20/50 or worse. Among them, over 11 million could have improved their vision to 20/40 or better with the use of glasses or contact lenses.
Dr. Andrea Zimmerman, a low vision specialist at Lighthouse Guild says, "Early detection and treatment of visual impairment is the key to better eye health. Undiagnosed and untreated visual impairment can lead to permanent vision loss. Regular eye exams are important for adults and children of all ages."
Dr. Zimmerman suggests the following five reasons to get an eye exam:
Dr. Zimmerman says, "Vision is key to physical, mental and social well-being. Whether you are 5 or 95, taking care of your eyes should be a top priority."
About Lighthouse GuildLighthouse Guild, based in New York, is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss through coordinated vision and health services. With Lighthouse Guild, people who are at risk for, or affected by, vision loss have access to all the resources necessary to lead full, independent and productive lives. For more information, visit www.Lighthouseguild.org.
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