August is National Eye Exam Month dedicated to bring attention to the importance of routine eye exams to safeguard eye health. If you are under 40, have no risk factors, or eye injuries and do not wear corrective lenses, an eye exam every one to three years, may be sufficient. The current guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology is a “comprehensive baseline exam at age 40” to detect proper function, health and early detection of conditions or disease. Age 40 is often the time when changes of vision occur and early signs of disease may be present. Ophthalmologists have the opportunity through early diagnosis to treat and preserve your vision before further complications arise. Some common problems, conditions and serious eye diseases often go unnoticed by the individual.