The North Carolina Optometric Society (NCOS) Joins the American Optometric Association (AOA) and Doctors of Optometry Nationwide for the #2020EyeExam Campaign

Raleigh, NC (January 13, 2020) - The NCOS joins the #2020EyeExam campaign to make eye health and vision care a national priority in 2020. The NCOS wants to underscore the importance of receiving an in-person comprehensive eye exam with an NCOS doctor of optometry and make it part of their annual health care routine. 

“Good vision is essential to quality of life and a comprehensive eye exam is an important, preventive way to preserve vision and help maintain overall health,” says Dr. Scott Athans, NCOS president. “With over sixteen million Americans struggling with undiagnosed or untreated vision impairments, the NCOS is excited to partner with the AOA and join the #2020EyeExam campaign to address this issue.”

A recent AOA survey revealed that many respondents were not aware of how vision impacts overall health. Only 53 percent visit an eye health professional at least once a year and one-third of those surveyed lacked an understanding of how to take care of their eyes and vision.

Eye health and vision problems may develop without any obvious signs or symptoms. In-person, annual eye exams with doctors of optometry can detect early signs of visual system diseases such as glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. In addition, exams safeguard overall health by detecting health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

As with many systemic diseases, most eye diseases, if detected early, may be treated before detrimental effects on the health and vision can take place. If a problem is detected, doctors of optometry help patients and their families navigate to the right prevention plans or the next steps in official diagnosis and treatment.

“The NCOS and other organizations joining the #2020EyeExam campaign are leading a public health mobilization initiative to address the current eye health and vision challenges facing America today,” AOA president, Dr. Barbara L. Horn, states.

“Together we are setting a clear path for our nation’s eye health and vision by recognizing the importance of getting an annual, comprehensive eye exam with an AOA doctor of optometry.”

About the North Carolina Optometric Society (NCOS)
The North Carolina Optometric Society (NCOS) is a community of more than 1,000 doctors of optometry dedicated to delivering comprehensive eye care services accessible by all North Carolinians. As North Carolina’s eye doctors, NCOS members center everything they do on the belief that happier, healthier lives begin with healthy eyes. They form lifelong relationships with their patients and through regular, comprehensive eye exams they diagnose, treat and manage eye disease and injuries, and prescribe corrective lenses and glasses. As part of the American Optometric Association’s national #2020EyeExam campaign, the NCOS is fostering awareness of the importance of eye health and vision care and the overall health benefits of in-person, comprehensive eye examinations with NCOS doctors of optometry. Find more information at #2020EyeExam

Media Contact
Paul Kranze, NCOS Associate Executive Director 
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