American Eyecare and Vision by the Numbers

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    Let’s face it — most people these days don’t have perfect vision, and even if your vision is just slightly less than perfect, it can really affect how fully you live your life. Luckily, you aren’t alone. Whether you opt for prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery, there are plenty of safe and affordable eyewear options available today. In fact, take a look at the numbers below, and you’ll get a better idea of just how many Americans rely on their local eye doctors for prescription glasses, contact lenses, and other eyecare services:

    Two hours of time spent in front of a computer, on a regular basis, increases your risk of developing computer vision syndrome (CVS) by about 90%. CVS is a condition affecting more than just your eyes — it can lead to a variety of physical ailments, from migraines to muscle tension, just from staring at a computer screen for too long.

    Six hours is the average time that American workers spend in front of computers each day — meaning that the majority of the adult population is likely to experience CVS at some point in their lives. Simple physical exercises are the best way to prevent CVS from becoming too serious, and it’s important to see your eye doctor if you experience any changes in vision.

    30 million Americans are estimated to wear contact lenses — probably because prescription glasses can get a bit frustrating after a while. Although prescription glasses and contact lenses are the most common options for correcting vision, more people are beginning to get LASIK eye surgery, which i a simple laser surgery that corrects your vision and allows you to see perfectly without the use of glasses or contacts.

    Now we’re asking you for some help — if you’ve experienced a loss in vision, have you opted for glasses, contact lenses, or LASIK surgery? What made you choose that option? Be sure to share your experiences and opinions with us in the comments section! Great references here.