Many Americans are skipping eye care

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According to the national eye institute millions of Americans have un-diagnosed eye diseases and vision problems.

Optometrists suggest adults should get an eye exam every one to two years. 

For small children ages three to six years, optometrists suggest they be seen once a year.

Getting regular eye exams can also detect serious health conditions like diabetes, and high cholesterol. 

“We like to have healthy adults in every couple years, children every year because their growing and their eyes are more likely to change quickly. When you become a little bit more elderly and some of these other medical conditions start to occur like high blood pressure and diabetes we like to see you on a more yearly schedule too,” said optometrist Arthur Erickson. 

Eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking can lower your risk of eye disease in the future.

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