20/20 at 40
With 20/20 at 40 Prevent Blindness encourages working-age adults to take control of your own eye health, and make it a core component of your overall healthcare routine.
Absent previous signs, symptoms or risk factors, Prevent Blindness encourages all Americans to get a baseline eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist at the age of 40, and regular eye care thereafter (your eye doctor will tell you how often you should return for routine visits).
This is an age when indicators of reduced vision and/or poor eye health begin to become more prominent.
Common adult eye diseases that often begin to impact the American public at age 40 include:
Diabetic Retinopathy ► Diabetic Retinopathy ▼
Glaucoma ► Glaucomay ▼
Again, this message does not aim to replace recommendations for earlier eye care to treat previously existing disease or injury, or for vision examinations for eye glasses or contact lenses. Those individuals who show any symptoms of eye disease, including common risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or family history of eye disease are encouraged to consult with an eye care provider as early as possible to determine how frequently they should be examined. We all have different eye care needs and we need to understand our individual circumstances. The best way to do this is to consult with an eye care professional and follow their guidance.