Many people believe that eye exams are only for people that wear glasses or contacts. Here are some other reasons to have your eyes examined:

Did you know that diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness? Diabetics need to have a dilated exam at least once per year to look for diabetes changes in their eyes. High blood pressure can cause changes to the blood vessels inside the eyes and lead to complications. Cholesterol can also be seen in the blood vessels and can cause complications.

Some common eye diseases do not have any symptoms and will not alert you to come in for an appointment. Glaucoma slowly affects your side vision until it becomes so advanced that you are only left with a small tunnel of vision. Macular degeneration in its early stages may not cause problems initially, but in the advanced stages central vision will be affected. Both glaucoma and macular degeneration have a genetic component, so there is an increased risk if a member of your immediate family has been diagnosed with either of these conditions.

The Eye Associates offer patients efficient and accurate eye exams in Bradenton. If you a local Bradenton eye patient, do not hesitate to set up your eye examinations with our top eye experts.

What Kind of Information Should I Share With My Eye Doctor At My Next Eye Exam?

1. Eye health problems that run in your family such as macular
degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, etc.

2. A list of prescription and non-prescription medications that you

3. How you use your eyes at work such as computer use, work
outdoors, lighting, etc.

4. How you use your eyes at play such as hobbies, sports, etc.

5. Eye symptoms and difficulties that you are experiencing such as
headaches, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, etc.

– By Richard Hector, MD