Why Are Regular Eye Exams Important?
Many people don’t realize it, but routine eye exams are an important component of your overall health care. It’s similar to visiting your dentist for checkups, or your family doctor for a physical.
Your eyesight is intrinsic to your quality of life. Without it, you would be at a severe disadvantage. An eye exam with your Kelowna optometrist will:
- Determine if you require a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Detect common eye diseases or disorders
- Detect other chronic systemic diseases
Eye Exams Are for Everyone
There’s a common misconception that eye exams are only necessary for people with existing eye conditions. The problem with this line of thinking is that there are many people out there who are suffering from sight deficiencies that don’t even know it.
Unless the symptoms of a disorder have manifested to the point where they cause pain (headaches, soreness etc.) or severely impede vision, they can easily go undetected.
That’s why eye exams are recommended for everyone regardless of:
- Physical health
In general, it’s recommended that you schedule exams base on your age as follows
- Yearly for ages two to 19
- Biannually for ages 20-64
- Annually for 65 and over
These examinations enable optometrists to detect conditions that affect overall eye health, and then devise a treatment plan to enhance or preserve it.
Eye Exams for Children
From the time a child is 12 months old, it is recommended that they go in for annual eye examinations to verify that they have the visual acuity required for school, sports and other activities.
Even more than adults, children will likely be unaware that they are suffering from an eye disorder. Left untreated, it could affect their ability to learn at school and negatively impact their quality of life in general.
As you age, your eyes tend to weaken to the point where you might require corrective eyewear or contact lenses. Periodically, it will be necessary to adjust your prescription to address your needs.
Detecting Other Health Disorders
In addition to attending to your eye care needs, an eye exam can also reveal other systemic health conditions. As with any kind of preventative medicine, early detection is important because it typically offers a:
- Greater range of treatment options
- Increases the treatment’s chance of success
- Reduces the chance of further complications
Some of the common diseases revealed include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
More Comprehensive than a Vision Screening
You probably remember going for a vision screening in grade school, or when you applied for your driver’s license. These eye tests are used to identify vision problems, however they are limited in their scope. As a result, they shouldn’t be relied on as a substitute for a complete eye exam performed by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Are you experiencing blurred vision or other symptoms that are affecting your eyesight? Booking eye exams with Orchard Park Optometry will help identify the problem and recommend a course of treatment.