Healthy Vision Month To Focus on Eye Exams

Friday, May 20, 2011 General News
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MECHANICSBURG, Pa., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of people in the United States

have undetected vision problems and eye conditions.  The Pennsylvania Association for the Blind (PAB) along with the National Eye Institute (NEI) needs your help by encouraging people in your community, friends and family to schedule eye exams.  Through
a comprehensive dilated eye exam, eyecare professionals can detect common vision problems and eye disease, many of which have no early warning signs.

May has been recognized by NEI as "Healthy Vision Month" and is an annual observance to keep vision a health priority for the Nation.  PAB is helping to raise awareness about eye health and the importance of dilated eye exams throughout the State of Pennsylvania.

Different from a basic eye exam one has to get for glasses or contact lenses, comprehensive dilated eye exams can help protect your sight by making sure you are seeing the best and detecting eye diseases in their early stages, before vision loss has occurred.  A comprehensive dilated eye exam includes the following;

Dilation – Drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils.  Your eyecare professional with use a lens to examine your retina to look for signs of damage or other eye problems.

Tonometry – This test helps to detect glaucoma by measuring eye pressure.  Your eyecare professional may direct a quick puff of air into the eye, or gently apply a pressure-sensitive tip near or against the eye.

Visual field test – The test measures your side (peripheral) vision.

Visual acuity test – This eye chart test measures how well you see at various distances.

To learn more visit our website at, or visit the Healthy Vision Month Website at

Beaver Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Berks Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Blair/Clearfield Assn. f/t Blind, Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Bucks Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Butler Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Cambria Co. Assn. f/t Blind & Handicapped, Center f/t Blind & Visually Impaired, Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Center for Vision Loss, Chester Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Fayette Co. Assn. f/t Blind, ForSight Vision, Greater Wilkes-Barre Assn. f/t Blind, Hazleton Blind Assn., Indiana Co. Blind Assn., Keystone Blind Assn., Lackawanna Branch –PAB, Lawrence Co. Assn. f/t Blind, Montgomery Co. Assn. f/t Blind, North Central Sight Services, Nu Visions Center, South Central Blind Assn., Susquehanna Association f/t Blind & Vision Impaired, Tri-County Assn. f/t Blind, Venango Co. Assn. f/t Blind, The Sight Center of Northwest PA, Washington-Greene Assn. f/t Blind, Westmoreland Co. Blind Assn.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Association for the Blind

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