Eye exams aren’t just for people who have vision problems. An annual eye exam is important for everyone—no matter age or physical health—to maintain healthy eyes, prevent vision problems, and diagnose diseases early.
At Nationwide Vision, our doctors recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. The frequency of appointments will be determined by your age, physical health, and cases of hereditary eye conditions.
What is the Optometrist Keeping an Eye on?
Why is it so important to schedule annual visits to see your eye doctor? An eye exam is beneficial for a number of reasons, as your optometrist will be checking your eyes for a variety of potential issues:
- Eye diseases: Eye conditions can put you at risk for permanent vision loss. Regular checkups with your eye doctor will help you detect common eye diseases early on, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, making them far more treatable.
- Strabismus (crossed eyes): This is when the eyes don’t align, so they can’t focus on the same object. This negatively affects your depth perception. A standard eye exam can determine whether or not the eyes are properly aligned. If strabismus isn’t treated, it can lead to amblyopia.
- Amblyopia: Amblyopia is when one eye has a very different prescription than the other or when the eyes are turned from each other. This strain on the eyes can cause permanent damage to the development of the affected eye.
- Binocular vision problem: This is when the eyes aren’t working perfectly as a pair. Without balancing the vision strength of each eye, the additional strain can lead to recurrent headaches and problems with vision-related tasks.
- Refractive error: A refractive error can be related to farsightedness, astigmatism, and nearsightedness. An eye exam determines what prescription your eyes need to see properly, or which laser eye surgery would work best for you.
- Development: Children should attend regular eye exams so that the doctor can ensure proper vision development, which is vital to learning and social skills.
- Other conditions: An eye exam can do more than just detect and correct problems of the eye. The eyes, specifically the blood vessels and retinas, can reveal signs of other health issues, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
What Treatment Plans Are Available For Eye Problems?
If your eye doctor discovered a problem during an eye exam, he/she will recommend a treatment plan to help alleviate symptoms and improve your vision.
Common treatments include: prescription glasses and/or contact lenses (corrects refractive errors), laser eye surgery (for permanent vision correction), and medical treatment for eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc.) Each specific case will warrant its own treatment plan, which your doctor will discuss with you in length. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Nationwide Vision, contact us by calling 1-877-222-4218.
Nationwide Vision looks forward to providing patients with a clear understanding of their eye health.