Why Are Annual Eye Exams Important?
Annual eye exams are an important part of your overall health care.
Many people attend to their general health but neglect this critical component until it’s time for a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Routine annual eye exams are a good idea — regardless of age, physical health, or state of your vision.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist or ophthalmologist will not only calibrate your contact lenses or glasses prescriptions, he or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases and check in on how your eyes are working together.
Just as importantly, eye doctors can detect chronic, systemic health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. You may be surprised to learn that eye doctors are often the first healthcare professionals to make patients aware of the onset of these sorts of problems.
Who Should Get an Annual Eye Exam?
Adults, especially those who need glasses or contact lenses, probably get eye exams at least semi-regularly. But all adults, even those who don’t currently have vision problems, should invest the time in getting a once-a-year, comprehensive eye exam.
Children should also get annual exams, starting at around six months of age. Vision plays a crucial role in healthy development in very young children and an important role in academic learning in school age children. Because kids don’t necessarily have a good sense of what “normal” vision should be and are thus less likely to complain about vision, a comprehensive eye exam is the surest way to know their eyes are developing normally.
Do I Need An Eye Exam Even Though I Had a Vision Screening at My Doctor’s Office?
Yes, vision screenings are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screenings, the kind you get from a GP, the school nurse, or even at the DMV – are good early warning systems for those who may be developing vision problems. But only optometrists or ophthalmologist are qualified to provide comprehensive eye exams that include careful screening of all aspects of your vision.
When Should I Book My Annual Eye Exam?
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