People tend to put off having their eyes checked until they notice a problem. This is not recommended as regular eye appointments ensure not only your best optical health, but also your best overall health. Having your eyes checked regularly by an optometrist can deter serious optical issues and can help keep your vision sharp.
When Do I Need to Have my Eyes Examined?
You should have your eyes examined by an optometrist as regularly as you can. Young children should have their first eye appointment at six months of age, and again at age three. After children have entered school they should have their eyes examined once every two years. Once you are eighteen you should have your eyes checked annually.
On top of having regular eye exams you should also look for signs that you might need an eye exam sooner rather than later. You should be able to notice these signs as they can be as easy to catch.
What does the Optometrist look for?
Many people assume that optometrists only check for 20/20 vision when preforming an eye exam, this is not true. Optometrists check for many different things including general health problems, eye diseases and of course proper vision.
General Health Issues
Optometrists are able to find some serious health issues, sometimes even before your general practitioner. Some diseases such as diabetes have early onset symptoms that can affect your visual health. To ensure that you’re keeping healthy and you have no serious problems make an appointment today with your optometrist.
Looking for optical diseases is an extremely important part of the eye exam process. The optometrist will look for signs and symptoms of a variety of optical diseases through many different tests. You may become familiar with several of these tests including, but not limited to the test for glaucoma.
After your optometrist has finished looking for serious issues they will then preform a vision check. This vision check will tell you and your optometrist if you need corrective eye wear, whether it be glasses or contacts. Be sure to tell your optometrist if you have been suffering from headaches or anything else that you feel is relevant, as this could be a sign you need corrective eye wear.
After the Exam
If your optometrist has noticed an optical, or general health problem they will address it accordingly. It is important to follow the optometrist instructions as this will help take care of the problem sooner rather than later. If your optometrist has noticed you need corrective eye wear they will discuss your issue specifically and recommend treatment based on your optical health and lifestyle.
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