As we all know our vision and the gift of sight is one of the most important and precious gifts we have, but sadly many people wait until they have problems before they see an optometrist. An eye exam is the first step to fix vision problems, the severity of the problem can be reduced if caught with early enough with regular eye exams.
Eye exams have many benefits, as eyes change as we age, we need to stay on top of this to ensure our eyewear prescription is up to date. An essential part of the comprehensive eye exam is the dilated eye exam. This allows your Optometrist to view inside your eye as the drops placed in the eye widen the pupil, which enables your optometrist to see important tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina, the macula and the optic nerve. These check-ups are the best technique for early diagnosis of sight-threatening eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, plus many other conditions.
Eye exams can also check alignment in the eyes as sometimes our eyes don’t always work together like they’re supposed to. Patients can often be in pain with crossed or turned eyes with extra strain on nerves and muscles. The alignment can also evaluate the eyes to check if they are focusing at different rates, which can cause blurriness and headaches. Eye exams can also check your eye tone, which measures the muscles that allow the eyes to change focus from short to long range, which may over time diminish due to weak and aging muscles. Corrective lenses can help relieve stress on the muscles and relieve symptoms like blurriness and headaches.
Retina exams are necessary because the blood vessels of the retina are excellent indicators for diabetes and high blood pressure, both life-threatening conditions. Though painless, glaucoma can lead to severe degenerative vision issues that can lead to blindness. Glaucoma generally has no symptoms at early onset, and a routine eye exam can catch the disease before it progresses into a bigger problem.
Diabetic patients need annual exams as they are more susceptible to depleted eye site due to their condition. Diabetes is the number one cause of blindness in adults. If you have diabetes, it is essential to have regular eye exams as your eyesight can change rapidly, especially as you get older. For everyone else, once every two years is the average for a check-up, though if you are over 60 good to be checked out every year as this age group has a higher chance of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Visit your local Independent Optometrist today for a complete eye exam.