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Keep Your Eyes Healthy During the Summer Blockbuster Season

Did you know 3-D movies can serve as a valuable indicator of underlying vision issues among young people and adults?

By Tom Diaz, M.D., market medical director, UnitedHealthcare
Published on LatinoLA: June 9, 2014


Keep Your Eyes Healthy During the Summer Blockbuster Season


More blockbuster movies are featuring 3-D technology. This summer is no exception, with offerings including Transformers 4, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Did you know 3-D movies can serve as a valuable indicator of underlying vision issues among young people and adults? The American Optometry Association's (AOA) report, "3D in the Classroom," states that 3-D movies have the potential to help identify vision problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. This is because 3-D technology requires eyes to process information in a new way.

According to the report, about one in four children might have vision problems that can be detected with 3-D viewing. After watching a 3-D movie, look for these "3-D" signs:

‘«ů Discomfort ‘«Ű eye strain created when the eyes have trouble working together as a team over long periods of time.

‘«ů Dizziness ‘«Ű similar to the queasiness of car sickness, caused by poor eye alignment.

‘«ů Depth "disability," or the inability to appreciate 3-D vision. Your experience may be less vivid than that of others around you.

If you or a family member experience these symptoms, schedule a visit with your eye doctor. Your eye doctor can determine where the problem lies through a comprehensive eye exam and recommend necessary treatment.

Getting a comprehensive eye exam can do more than just improve or maintain your eye health ‘«Ű it can detect diseases earlier and help improve your overall health, too. Eye care professionals can uncover systemic health conditions not usually associated with the eyes, including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, elevated cholesterol and Crohn's disease.

A recent study of insurance claims by UnitedHealthcare found that 6 percent of these chronic conditions were first identified by eye care doctors. For some diseases, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, eye care professionals identified 15 percent of study participants diagnosed with those chronic conditions.

That's because the eyes contain blood vessels, nerves and other structures that can be affected by chronic illness. The eyes are a window into a person's overall health, so eye doctors can play a critical role in identifying and managing chronic conditions.

In general, both adults and children should visit their eye doctor at least every two years, or as recommended by their eye care provider. More information about summer eye safety and the connection between vision health and overall health can be found at www.uhc.com/bridge2health.





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