, Salem, MA

May 27, 2013

Letter: Eye exams crucial to health

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As an ophthalmologist, I regularly see people who lose their sight needlessly from diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Since these problems progress slowly and painlessly, most people don’t know they have a problem until they have lost a considerable portion of their vision.

The National Eye Institute has designated May as Healthy Vision Month in order to let people know about the importance of a timely eye exam. According to the NEI, everyone should have a comprehensive, dilated eye exam before the age of 40. People between the ages of 41 and 64 need to undergo an examination every two to three years; those over the age of 65 need to be examined at least once a year.

I urge everyone to protect their eyes by undergoing a thorough, dilated eye examination at the appropriate time. It is the best way to save one’s vision.

Neil Gross, M.D.