Contrary to what most believe, eye examinations don’t just tell you whether you need glasses. They can also detect underlying eye conditions and other health problems.
When to go?
Everyone needs regular eye exams. Adults with no risk factors or family history of eye problems should go at least every two years and annually after age 60. Children need a check-up at 6 months, 3 years, before 1st grade, and then annually after that. Since vision is closely linked to the learning process, eye exams are especially important for young children.
Early detection can save your vision
Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment can often reduce your risk of impaired vision or permanent vision loss.
It’s not just about your sight, but your overall health too
A recent study found that eye doctors frequently are the first to detect signs of chronic systemic conditions. Eye doctors have an unobstructed view of blood cells which can show early signs of high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension.
The exam itself will only take an hour to an hour and a half, but the potential gain by making vision care a priority is immeasurable.