Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) yesterday introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 70, which recognizes August 2017 as National Eye Exam Month in California.
In 1989, Sears Optical dedicated the month of August as National Eye Exam Month, with the intent of raising awareness about the need for regular eye exams and the benefit that good eye health can have on one’s overall health.
Currently in the U.S., roughly 11 million people over the age of 12 are in need of vision correction. Of the estimated 61 million U.S. adults at high risk for vision loss, only half have visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to prevent common eye diseases from causing permanent vision loss or blindness.
A dilated eye exam is necessary to find eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetes in the early stages when treatment to prevent vision loss is most effective. Currently, more than half of Californians are living with diabetes or are at risk for diabetes. Ensuring that more individuals receive annual eye exams is a crucial and cost-effective public health strategy to detect, manage, and treat diabetes.
“I am proud to have the California Optometric Association as a sponsor of this resolution. National Eye Exam Month raises awareness and reminds folks of the need for regular eye exams,” said Andy. “August can be a yearly reminder of the benefit that healthy eyes can have on a person.”