Annual eye wellness exams are important for all people and all ages – even if you feel you have perfect vision. Vision testing is just one component of the comprehensive examination provided by your eye doctor. The eye, just like other parts of the body, requires special attention, and only eye doctors have the specific tools that are used to evaluate the health and wellness of your eyes. You only get one pair of eyes for life (they are irreplaceable!) so you must take care of them.
Here are five great reasons why you should have a comprehensive eye exam yearly:
Our eyes continue to change throughout our lives, some years quicker than others. Having an eye exam annually can help improve your visual comfort in your daily life. If your prescription is not strong enough or to strong, you may be straining to see unnecessarily. A small change in your glasses or contacts may make your every day much more comfortable. Lens options and technologies also change so there may be better solutions out there that your eye doctor can inform you of.
Are you constantly aware of your eyes? Do you notice tearing, dryness, redness, itching, fatigue or heaviness on a regular basis (more than 1-2 times per week)? These may be symptoms that could be treated! Discuss them or any other symptoms you are feeling concerning your eyes with your eye doctor – you don’t need to wait for your annual exam but it is the perfect opportunity to!
At your annual eye exam, we make sure you can see well and stay well! We examine the front of the eye and the back of the eye which can give clues as to other issues your body may be dealing with. By taking a photo of the back of the eyes (retina or fundus photo) or dilating eye the eyes, we can see the health of the optic nerve, macula (central vision) and small blood vessels. Diseases that have eye signs include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease and many more.
LEARN about your eyes!
During your annual eye exam, we can discuss any questions you have regarding your vision or eye health. Through sharing our examination findings, we hope you will have a better understanding of how important your eyes are. Come ready with questions about eyes!
PROTECT your vision!
By having an annual exam, you gain a piece of mind that your eyes are healthy and you are seeing the best you can. Many eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration do not have any symptoms until permanent vision loss occurs. Having an eye exam every year, we can determine your risk of these conditions and monitor more closely to hopefully avoid vision loss. We can also discuss ways to protect your eyes and preserve your vision!
I hope this was an eye opening read and, if you haven’t already, please schedule a yearly eye wellness exam for yourself and your family! Book Your Appointment Today