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May represents healthy vision month, and Prevent Blindness has created an initiative to inform people about the importance of incorporating an annual eye exam into their routine. The campaign asks patients to share how receiving an eye exam had a positive impact on their health and overall quality of life. People of all ages have spoken about their experiences with various eye disorders, ranging from detecting myopia (near-sightedness) to diagnosing glaucoma and receiving vision-saving treatments.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, receiving a comprehensive eye exam can detect:

  • Aneurysm

  • Brain tumor

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Lupus

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Stroke

Join the Prevent Blindness initiative on social media using the hashtag #ItStartedWithanEyeExam or visiting to share how a routine eye exam positively impacted your life. Don't forget to schedule your yearly eye examination; the visual system plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being. Your eyes AND your body will thank you!

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