You’re not alone if you’ve been postponing your regular eye exam. Many people consider eye exams necessary only when there are noticeable vision problems. However, at Sunridge Optometry, we firmly believe that a proactive approach to eye health is of utmost importance. Regular eye exams are crucial in maintaining optimal vision and eye health. Here are five reasons why you should never delay your regular eye exams:
1. Early Detection of Eye Diseases
Certain eye diseases, like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, often progress quietly, causing no noticeable symptoms until they’re in their advanced stages1. Regular eye examinations can help detect these diseases early, facilitating immediate treatment and potentially preventing further vision loss.
2. Accurate Prescription
If you’re currently wearing glasses or contact lenses, regular eye exams ensure your prescription is up-to-date. As our vision can subtly change over time, wearing outdated eyewear can lead to headaches, eye strain, and an overall decrease in quality of life.
3. Systemic Health Problems
A comprehensive eye exam can detect signs of systemic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Eye doctors can often spot small changes in the blood vessels of the retina that signal the early stages of these diseases.
4. Childhood Vision is Critical for Academic Success
For children, vision issues can greatly affect their academic performance. A significant percentage of learning is visual. Regular eye exams can diagnose conditions such as lazy eyes or crossed eyes that may interfere with reading and learning.
5. Eye Strain from Digital Devices
The extensive use of digital devices can lead to digital eye strain, causing symptoms such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and headaches. Regular eye examinations can help mitigate these symptoms and offer strategies to reduce eye strain.
Remember these tips for your next eye exam:
- Schedule your eye exams regularly – adults should aim for an eye exam every two years, while children and seniors should have annual exams.
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring them with you to the exam.
- Be prepared to discuss any vision changes or eye-related symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
- If you have a family history of eye disease, inform your eye doctor.
Sunridge Optometry is committed to providing the highest standard of eye care. With the latest equipment and a team of skilled optometrists, we ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision stays clear. Don’t delay your eye exam – schedule an appointment with us today!
- 1. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (2019). Glaucoma: Symptoms. Link
- 2. National Eye Institute. (2019). Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Link
- 3. American Optometric Association. (2020). The Importance of Regular Eye Exams. Link
- 4. Mayo Clinic. (2021). Eye Exam. Link
American Public Health Association. (2015). The Relationship Between Vision and Learning. [Link](https://www.apha