Why Are Annual Eye Exams Important?

When is the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam – one year, five years, never? If you had to think about this question, odds are you are long overdue. For the same reason your teeth need to be cleaned every six months to avoid cavities, and you are recommended to have an annual wellness screening – yearly comprehensive eye exams are recommended to maintain healthy vision. Here’s why a comprehensive eye exam is essential:

Testing & Prevention

Did you know about 80% of vision impairment globally is considered avoidable? Our vision tends to change with age, but if these changes are not monitored, you could end up with an unwanted vision problem. A yearly comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist or ophthalmologist can detect eye issues before they become a larger problem. Common eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration develop gradually, showing few or no symptoms. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to vision loss. Through a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to detect eye issues through checking eye pressure, the health of the optic nerve, state of the cornea, eye alignment, and muscle balance. Depending on the testing results, your eye doctor can diagnose any apparent issues and recommend treatment.

Prescription Change

If you wear eyeglasses or contacts, you need to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam to ensure your prescription is up to date. Over time, eye change, and with an outdated prescription, you risk the development of eye strains or chronic headaches. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will thoroughly check the condition of your eyes. They may recommend staying with the existing prescription or switching to a stronger prescription.

Purchase Eyeglasses & Contacts

Do you have blurry vision? It may be time to consider eyeglasses or contacts. But, the best way to know for sure is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our eye doctors. If you already wear eyeglasses and/or contacts, a yearly comprehensive eye exam will confirm your prescription and allow you to purchase new glasses or a yearly supply of contacts.

Don’t put it off — schedule a comprehensive eye exam today!

Even if you think you have perfect vision, an annual eye exam is one of the best things you can do to protect your overall eye health and wellness. If you have any additional questions, contact Vision Associates at 419-578-2020.


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