Harvard Health Letter

Dilated eye exams are critical

If you’re not getting regular dilated eye exams, you may be risking vision loss. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is urging everyone to have these exams, which allow physicians to see clearly into the back of the eye. This is critical to prevent vision loss, which can be irreversible. The AAO recommends that by age 65 you have a dilated eye exam every one to two years, or as directed by an ophthalmologist. You can also protect your eye health by taking care of your overall health—for example, by eating a well-balanced diet and watching your cholesterol and blood sugar.
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