Many of us put off getting our eyes checked out by an optometrist until there is an issue, as this is convenient this is not a good thing to do. Regular eye appointments do not only keep your vision sharp but can prevent and detect many serious eye and health issues and waiting until there is a problem can do more harm than good.
How Often Do I Need to Have my Eyes Checked?
It is important that everyone gets their eyes checked regularly; young children should have their first eye exam at six months, then at age three. Once children are five years old they should have their eyes checked every two years, after age eighteen you should have them checked every year.
What is the Optometrist looking for?
Optometrists look for many things while examining your eyes, it is important that they are thorough as they look for issues that may be harmful to your health or could lead to vision loss. Here are a few of the main things they look for:
Your optometrist will run a series of tests looking for many signs of different eye diseases. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma have no symptoms in the early stages, fortunately early detection prevents serious damage, and can even cure minor issues.
Eye doctors are able to catch certain things that your regular doctor may miss, this is because of early detection. Many health problems such as diabetes have early symptoms that can only be seen by looking at the eyes. For example early symptoms of diabetes can severely affect your eyes by blurring your vision, cause swelling and even cause small blood vessel leaks in the eye.
Evaluation for Glasses and Contacts
In addition to looking for health issues eye doctors examine your eyes to see if you need corrective lenses. You may have noticed changes in your vision, for example reading has become more difficult or you have been suffering from constant headaches, these are clues that you should have your eyes looked at as you may need corrective lenses. Wearing glasses or contacts will help you see better and make your headaches much less frequent.
After your eye checkup you may need treatment for an eye health issue or you may require a prescription for glasses. If you need treatment for an eye health issue make sure you follow your eye doctors instructions carefully, this is important because it can prevent the problem from getting worse or being spread to others. If glasses are needed be sure to take your time when choosing your glasses as you will probably have them for at least two years.