The Importance of Eye Exams to Your Overall Health

Importance of eye exams

Your vision care program is important to every member of your family. Sadly, less than 50% of Americans get eye exams more frequently than every two years despite the fact that most adults consider vision their most important sense. One in five people are at risk for vision loss, and many of the problems could have been addressed through preventive care.*

But annual eye exams not only help correct vision problems; comprehensive eye exams can also reveal the warning signs of more serious undiagnosed health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. No matter what the age, eye exams are important to our productivity and health.


  • 44.7% or 110.6 million adults received an eye exam in 2014. This is up significantly from 103.8 million adult eye exams in 2011 (Vision Watch ? Member Benefit Report 12/14)
  • 184.9 million adults in the United States use some form of vision correction (Vision Watch ? Member Benefit Report 12/14)
  • 13 million adults require some form of vision correction but don't use any (Vision Watch ? Member Benefit Report 12/14)National Institutes for Health)
  • 65,000 per year, 5,416 per month, 1,250 per week, 178 per day, 7 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second.  (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)


  • About 80% of learning in a child's first 12 years comes through the eyes (Check Yearly. See Clearly)
  • 12.1 million school-age children in the United States have some form of vision problem (Prevent Blindness America)
  • The American Optometric Association recommends that every child have a professional eye exam shortly after birth, by six months of age, and again just prior to entering school (American Optometric Association)
  • Children usually become nearsighted (myopic) between the ages of 8 and 12 (The Eye Digest)
  • About a third (32.5%) of children under 18 have not had an eye exam that included dilation (Vision Watch: January 2014 Parent-Child vision report)
  • 26.6% of children use some form of vision correction. (Vision Watch: January 2014 Parent-Child vision report)
  • Up to 25% of school-age children may have vision problems that can affect learning (College of Optometrists in Vision Development, August 2004)
  • Nearly 10 million kids have undetected vision problems (Jobson Optical Research 2006)


  • Serious eye conditions, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, are more prevalent in individuals over the age of 60
  • Approximately 4.2 million individuals 40 or older are blind or visually impaired (Prevent Blindness ?
  • More than 38 million Americans age 40 and older are blind, visually impaired, or have age-related eye disease. (The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation. Produced by The Alliance for Aging Research)
  • Adult vision loss costs our economy more than $51 Billion a year. (The Silver Book: Vision Loss Volume II: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation. Produced by The Alliance for Aging Research)

*Sources: Johnson & Johnson Vision Institute, American Optometric Association (AOA)


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