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Don't risk a lifetime of vision loss

By 2020, 43 million Americans will face significant vision loss or blindness from age-related eye diseases. Determine your risk for eye disease today. Get EyeSmart!

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Know your risks, save your sight

Age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, dry eye and glaucoma are on the rise. Many develop without symptoms and can be inherited. And certain ethnic groups, smokers and diabetics are at higher risk.

But most eye diseases are treatable, especially if caught early. To maintain your sight and lifestyle for years to come, understand your risks at

Getting your eyes checked is just as important as cancer or cholesterol screenings. That's why the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that, if you have no risk factors, you get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40— when early signs of disease and changes in vision start to occur. If you have signs of eye disease or risk factors at any age, see an ophthalmologist.

Only an ophthalmologist— an Eye M.D.— can diagnose and treat the entire range of eye diseases.

The EyeSmart™ Campaign encourages Americans to take charge of their eye health. EyeSmart is sponsored by the Academy, in partnership with EyeCare America®, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Make a commitment to health today. Plan for your family to visit your local Eye M.D.

Copyright © 2007 American Academy of Ophthalmology

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