You Have Great Vision! Do You Still Need An Eye Exam?
You’ve never had to wear glasses. You pride yourself on reading the small print from yards away. You are basically a vision master. So you probably think you don’t need to go to your optometrist, right? After all, aren’t doctors for sick people?
The truth is no matter how amazing your vision is, you still need to see your eye care professional. Here’s why:
Vision Isn’t The Only Thing Worth Checking
You don’t only visit a dermatologist to deal with wrinkles. You don’t only visit a gynecologist to see if you can have a baby. And you don’t only visit your dentist to have whiter teeth.
The reason we visit specialists is to ensure we are wholly healthy. How well you see is only one factor of your overall eye health. Sometimes eye-related conditions and disease will sneak up on you without vision change.
This often happens with glaucoma. The process is so gradual that you may have absolutely no idea anything is wrong. Since early detection is key for countless eye conditions, going in regularly is your path to great vision for the rest of your life.
Eye Exams Spot Other Diseases Too
Our body’s systems are so interestingly connected in ways we’d never guess. This means when your optometrist or ophthalmologist is examining your eyes, they are also examining countless other organs and systems.
An eye exam can catch:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- And more
Your Vision May Not Be As Good As You Think
Here’s the deal: you may think your vision is the best thing ever, and you still may be wrong. It’s like the old “frog in boiling water” concept. You see out of your eyes everyday, so you may not notice all the subtle vision changes.
But your eye care professional only sees you rarely. They can instantly tell a difference.
They may notice you have become a bit farsighted as you age and can help you transition into glasses. Or maybe you think your faraway vision is crystal clear because you’re used to the distance you can see, but in reality you could see far better with glasses or contacts.
How Often Should You Go?
A general guideline for complete eye exams is once every 2 to 5 years in your 20s and 30s (more frequently for African Americans), once every 2 to 4 years in your 40s and 50s, and once every 1 to 2 years once you hit 65.
If you have any special risks or conditions (like diabetes or a family history of eye disease), you should make those appointments more frequently.
Then, of course, if your vision gets any worse, you will have more frequent visits to monitor your eyesight and update your prescription.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment with your optometrist could potentially save your life. Your eyes may be small, but imagine your life if you end up with complications that could have been avoided by early detection. It is time to make that appointment now.
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