There are certain things that you know you need to do routinely to maintain your health. You get an annual physical with your doctor, you have your teeth cleaned every six months, and you even go for dermatological check-ups to make sure that your biggest organ (your skin) is healthy.
But what about your eye care? When was the last time you had an eye exam? If your vision and eye health are not near the top of your priority list, then they should be. Here’s why.
1. Seeing Clearly Makes Life Sweeter
Whether you are an adult driving around handling errands and spending your days at the office in front of a computer or a child who is trying to understand the foundational building blocks for future learning, you have to be able to see clearly.
Life doesn’t slow down. And, if your vision is not at its best, you may miss something.
2. The Health of Your Eyes Changes with Time
Just because you had an eye exam five years ago or even 1-2 years ago doesn’t mean you don’t need one today. Your eye health is constantly changing as you age. Your last exam may have been perfect, but that may not be the case today.
Allowing your doctor to monitor eye health can help address changes as they happen – and before it is too late.
3. Your Vision Doesn’t Coincide with Your Eye Health
You can see clearly or have corrective lenses that are working well for you, but that does not mean your eyes are healthy. Vision and eye health are two different things. Many conditions damage your overall eye health but don’t impact your vision – at least, not at first. Some of these health conditions don’t have any symptoms at all. But having comprehensive eye exams allows your doctor to monitor your eye health.
4. Vision Screenings are Not Eye Exams
Many people – especially parents – believe that they are good to go with just a vision screening. However, that is not the case at all. Vision screenings at school, at a primary doctor’s visit, at the DMV, etc., are just checking to see how clearly you can see. They do not look at the health of the eye or even dig deeper into any vision concerns.
Do not mistake a vision screening for a full eye exam.
5. Eye Exams Can Detect Bigger Health Problems
Believe it or not, eye exams can help uncover serious health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even cancer. During the exam, your eye doctor can see the blood vessels in your retina which can be indicative of bigger issues.
For those who do have diabetes, it should be noted that diabetic eye disease, as a result, can lead to blindness — and with no early visible symptoms.
6. Your Vision Needs Monitoring
Your vision can fluctuate over time and at a very slow rate. Your quality of life may be impacted and you may not even realize that it is the result of your worsening vision. For instance, headaches, pain in the neck, shoulders, or back, sore or irritated eyes, tired eyes, and more are all ailments that can all be caused by poor vision. And, while you may not make the connection, your eye doctor will.
7. You Only Have One Pair of Eyes
Your vision is priceless – and you only have one pair of eyes. It is so important to take care of them so that they can last you a lifetime. Routine eye exams can help you maintain your vision and eye health — and address issues as they arise.
Schedule an Eye Exam with Andrews Eyecare Center
Now that you have 7 reasons why you need to schedule a full eye exam, contact Andrews Eyecare Center at 330-527-3937 or request an appointment online. Our two doctors, Timothy A. Andrews, OD and Todd L. Beyer, OD, along with our professional staff are here to help guide you to a lifetime of eye health and great vision. Schedule an eye exam today!