BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – To promote the importance of vision health, state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is highlighting National Eye Exam Month this August.
“Eyesight is an important and often overlooked part of personal health,” Avelar said. “Eyesight is our visual window to the world around us and getting regular eye exams can help keep our eyes healthy and our sight intact.”
August is National Eye Exam Month and Avelar is encouraging local residents to schedule an eye exam with an eye care professional for themselves and their children. Regular eye exams can not only check for common eye problems, but alert people to other conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Eye care professionals include opthamologists, who are physicians specializing in eye care, and optometrists, who are health care professionals trained to provide primary care for eye health. Residents can find a local opthamologist by visiting the Illinois Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons website at ILEyeMD.org/find-an-eye-md or a local optometrist by visiting the Illinois Optometric Association website at illinois.aoa.org/doctor-locator-search.
“This August, I encourage families to keep an eye on their health by making an appointment for an eye exam,” Avelar said. “The importance of vision health can’t be understated and an eye care professional can help us keep our eyes healthy and see other potential health issues.”