Comprehensive Primary Eyecare
Your eyesight is one of your most precious senses, and protecting it should be a top priority. Your everyday activities, and even your safety, depend on maintaining good vision. It is estimated that one person becomes blind every 11 minutes due to injury, aging, or disease. The Eye Associates believe a proactive approach of early detection and treatment can prevent the occurrence of half of these tragedies. Many eye diseases develop slowly without symptoms, so a yearly eye exam is the most crucial step to ensure that problems are caught early.
Perhaps you think that your eye doctor is only evaluating your eyes for glasses and contacts during your eye examination. Because your eyes are an indicator of your overall general health, we will also be looking for health issues as well as eye diseases. During an eye exam with the pupil dilated, the doctor is able to directly view the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye. Because these blood vessels are some of the only blood vessels directly visible in the body without invasive surgery, your eye doctor can often observe how other diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and inflammatory diseases, are affecting your health. Sometimes an eye exam is even the first way that a disease is detected.
5 Good Reasons You Should See Your Eye Doctor Regularly
1. Comprehensive Eye Exams Save Sight
Many serious vision problems are symptom-free and go undetected until it’s too late. With a dilated comprehensive eye examination, the doctor is able to determine your eye health as well as your need for glasses. Remember, the key to saving sight is with early detection and treatment.
2. Proactive Care for Aging Eyes
Ninety percent of people over 45 years of age need corrective lenses; many for the first time due to their inability to see things up close. Cataracts can be slow growing and affect vision in such a gradual way that you don’t even realize that you have lost vision. Half of all people with glaucoma risk permanent damage because they are unaware they have it. And diabetics with diabetic retinopathy are asymptomatic at the most treatable stage. A yearly comprehensive eye exam can determine whether you have any of these problems and if treatment is needed.
3. Importance of Eye Exams for Kids
While parents recognize the value of routine dental care, quite often they underestimate the importance of testing their child’s vision. One in four children have an undiagnosed vision problem, and since 80 percent of all learning is through the visual system, decreased vision can significantly affect educational and sports performance. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. We recommend a child have their first eye exam by age 3, and then again just before they enter kindergarten. Of course, any child performing poorly at school should have an eye exam to rule out an underlying visual cause.
4. New Procedures and Technology
The eyecare industry is constantly advancing and improving. There are many wonderful new technologies now available for conditions that we may have been unable to treat in the past. Since your vision is among the most valued of all senses, it’s time well spent to have an eye examination as part of your yearly health schedule.
5. Your Eyes are an Indicator of Overall Health
Your eyes can tell a lot about the overall health of your entire body. During a comprehensive eye exam, we look for signs of potential medical conditions. Through dilated pupils, the presence of undiagnosed hypertension, multiple sclerosis, strokes, diabetes, kidney problems, and even brain tumors can be revealed to your eye doctor. Find out more in our patient education section.
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