Our eyes are the windows to our souls, but they can also be the windows to our health.
Just because you think you can see fine, doesn’t mean you actually can. Plus, scheduling a regular eye exam is important for the detection of potentially other issues that can be related to the eyes, other than vision.
Eye health is just as important as any other and should be regularly maintained. Eye exams not only determine your need for corrective wear, but it can find issues with other health problems you may be unaware of.
Eye Exams vs Vision Screening
Don’t confuse the two. You may think everything is fine because someone gave you a free vision screening at the mall but that is not a comprehensive eye exam. If the screening was finished before you latte was, it’s not a proper eye exam.
Often, a vision screening only takes a minute or two and these are not conducted by an actual doctor. These are done to find less than perfect vision, by having you read the smallest line of letters or text.
Failing a visual acuity test will only get you recommended to see an actual eye doctor, which is what you should do in the first place. Ths goes for online eye exams, as well. You should simply avoid these.
Having proper eye exams is not only checking your vision but also the overall health of your eyes and checking for early detection of more serious issues like glaucoma, cataracts and detached retina. They are also performed by a doctor, an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
The doctor’s ability to really examine your eyes, from back to front, can tell so much, by the size of blood vessels, to potentially life-threatening issues like tumors. They can even detect things like high blood pressure and less threatening, ut important health issues.
How Do I know I Need an Eye Exam?
Our vision changes as we do, and yesterday you could read the newspaper just fine and today it’s just a blur. Maybe the reading glasses you bought from the corner pharmacy just aren’t cutting it any longer, you need to see an optometrist.
Ideally, you really should be having an eye exam once a year. But if you are aging and see a significant change in your eyesight, you may need a slight adjustment in your corrective wear.
If you have other health problems that can affect your vision, like diabetes, then you should keep on top of the eye examinations. Even if you don’t have the disease but there is a history of diabetes or glaucoma in your family, schedule an eye exam.
If you have been experiencing spells of dizziness, motion sickness or seem to have trouble focusing on an object, whether it’s moving or not, you should seek out an eye exam.
If you have had a bump on the head or neck or shoulder strain, these can also alter your vision, sometimes permanently. maybe even just the onset of headaches can be a sign there is something wrong and should be taken care of.
Spotting, floaters, blurs, red spots, eye itch, and irritation, or white flashes can all be indicators that you need to see your eye doctor.
What About My Kids?
All the same rules apply, except more so, as your child may have trouble telling you what the problem really is. if you notice your child is having trouble focusing or doesn’t take interest in certain activities, it could be due to vision problems.
Look for signs of blinking a lot, sitting too close to the television or screen on their device, no interest in reading or uncoordinated while walking, running, catching and throwing a ball, or other normally simple tasks.
Take your child with you when you go into have your eye exams and encourage them to be accurate. bad vision can explain away a lot of problem in school, as well. If they can’t see the board or seem to have learning issues, it could simply be because they can’t see very well.
What Should I Expect?
A comprehensive eye exam will cover more than just vision acuity. There are tests for eye movement, potential diseases, color blindness, sensitivity to light and dark, glaucoma, and many more.
It’s important you are honest with your eye doctor when discussing things like lifestyle and other aspects that can have long last effects on your eyesight.
It can be rather intimidating to have the doctor and all his equipment in such close proximity but rest assured, they know exactly what the are doing. They also know exactly what you are going through and understand you or your child may be uncomfortable.
I Need Glasses, Now What?
Great! Now you go pick out the funkiest frames that will make your eyes snap crackle and pop!
if you are not comfortable with glasses, there are contact lenses you can try. Tell your eye doctor you are interested and he can either fit contacts for you or, if it isn’t something he does, he will make arrangements for you to see what it is like to wear them and take them in and out.
If either of these options doesn’t work for you, you can always think about laser surgery. Ask about this procedure while you are having your eye exam and they can tell you what to expect and recommend a good clinic or doctor to the surgery.
Come Up and See Me Sometime
If you can’t remember the last time you had an eye exam, it’s time. Schedule an exam for the whole family, if you all need it. It’s so important to stay on top of our eye health care.
Technology has changed our eyesight, making us actually see things differently, but it has also changed the way eye exams and eye treatments and procedures are carried out.
Contact a professional in your area today, to get your eyes examined and get those pretty peepers in top form to see your bright future ahead!