Eye doctors perform eye exams for patients of all ages. These eye exams can help you maintain your vision and eye health. Adults with perfect vision can choose to see the eye doctor every few years if they prefer. However, there are some advantages to making an appointment with your eye doctor once a year. These are four reasons you may need to see an eye doctor annually.
1. You wear glasses or contacts.
People with myopia or hyperopia experience blurred vision when looking at objects far away or nearby, respectively. Glasses or contacts can correct these vision imbalances. For many people who wear glasses and contacts, their vision is a changing thing. You should go to the eye doctor once a year for a new vision test, which will allow your doctor to track vision changes and update your prescription.
2. You have diabetes.
Diabetes occurs when a person cannot properly metabolize sugar because their body does not produce enough insulin. Diabetes affects blood sugar, but it can also affect a person's eyes. People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from glaucoma, a condition that occurs due to high eye pressure. High eye pressure can impinge the optic nerve, which may eventually lead to irreversible blindness. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it's crucial that you see your eye doctor for an annual exam. Glaucoma can be treated if it's caught before lasting damage occurs.
3. Eye problems run in your family.
Some eye problems are genetic. For instance, macular degeneration typically occurs as a patient gets older. The condition can't be cured, but the symptoms can be mitigated, allowing the patient to continue to enjoy the best vision possible for them. Macular degeneration tends to run in families. If you know older family members have experienced this problem, seeing your eye doctor every year for screening is worthwhile.
4. You want to make sure your eyes stay healthy.
Finally, anyone who values their eyes and wants to make sure they're healthy can benefit from annual eye exams. During an eye exam, your optometrist will test your eye pressure, peripheral vision, ability to focus, and more. They can also test the quality of your tears and prescribe medication if you suffer from chronic eye dryness. It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your eye health. Preventative care will ensure you maintain good vision that will allow you to do all the activities you care about.
I still remember the day my mom took my family for our annual eye exams and I found out that I needed to start wearing eyeglasses. I really enjoyed picking out my first pair, and they were pink with cartoon characters on them! When I entered high school, my parents let me begin wearing contact lenses. I was afraid to put them in my eyes, but I was brave and did it! I recently began having lens discomfort, and I was really worried I would be told by my eye doctor that I wouldn't wear contacts anymore. I was grateful when he told me that I simply had dry eye and needed to use lubricant drops and wear my glasses a bit more often. I have since become dedicated to caring for my eyes well and I decided to start a blog to help others learn how too, too!