We’re sure you already know what primary health care is – it is that basic level of care from a family doctor that encompasses a broad range of potential issues. Primary eye care follows that same idea. It’s the basic, general, and regular health care for your entire eye.
This isn’t just about checking for 20/20 vision or getting a new prescription. Primary eye care runs all sorts of tests like pupil dilation, computerized tests, and that infamous air puff test.
Remember: this is about your whole eye health – and as you will soon see, the health of your entire body.
Here are 4 reasons why primary eye care is so important:
- See Clearly
Let’s start with the obvious answer first. Regularly visiting your eye doctor will ensure you see clearly for your entire life. As the years go on our vision can change. We may get used to these changes and not notice that we’re straining, squinting, or struggling.
Primary eye care can monitor these small changes and adjust your prescription so you can look comfortably with ease at everything you see. Plus, it can keep you safe. Even slightly poor eye sight can cause car accidents and falls.
- Find Eye Diseases
Some eye problems come with very noticeable side effects that will probably send you into your eye doctor soon. But others are entirely silent. You may not know that you have them until they’ve created unfixable damage to your eyes and vision.
Serious problems like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy don’t have symptoms early on. But your eye doctor can easily spot them with the various eye tests they will perform.
- Prevent Blindness
Some eye diseases are annoying or frustrating. Others leave you unable to see. Many of these conditions that eventually lead to blindness can be treated when caught early enough. There is no reason to lose your sight when there are easy solutions available to you.
This means going to your primary eye care specialist regularly can keep you seeing forever.
- Catch Other Bodily Diseases
Your eyes may let you see the world outside of you; but they also allow the outside world (in this case, your eye doctor) see inside of you.
Did you know that eye doctors can actually see early warning signs of extremely dangerous health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, autoimmune diseases, and even a stroke just by looking into your eye?
Eye care professionals can see these markers while doing different tests during your eye exam and will then refer you to the appropriate specialist.
When Should You Get a Primary Eye Care Appointment?
Up until the age of 64, getting a full eye exam every 2 to 4 years is normally considered healthy, unless your regular doctor or eye care professional has recommended more frequent visits.
Those in their 60s and above should be going at least every 1 to 2 years, as should people with diabetes, previous eye issues, or a family history of glaucoma.
So if it’s been longer than a year or two, make a primary eye care appointment – your eyes and your entire body will thank you.