If you think the only reason to visit an optometrist is when you have some sort of vision problem, think again. Whether you’re experiencing an issue with your eyes or not, regular eye tests in Ottawa are an integral part of protecting your vision. Here are a few of the main reasons to book an appointment.

To Detect Problems That May Not Be Obvious

The first and most important reason to have your eyes examined regularly is to keep your vision in check. An optometrist can detect various conditions or diseases that we often can’t. This includes macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, presbyopia, ocular hypertension, plus many more. Just like we visit the dentist to maintain our oral health, an optometrist will monitor your vision and uncover anything that might impact the health of your eyes.

To Correct Your Vision

When was the last time you had your eyes examined? If it’s been longer than you can remember, it’s important to book an appointment. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t even realize when their vision requires correction, and even the slightest adjustment can drastically improve the clarity of the world around you. If you notice any strain, blurriness, or headaches, these are common red flags that should prompt an eye checkup.

 To Treat Eye Pain

If you’re experiencing eye pain, this can be caused by allergies, dryness or an infection. In some cases, eye drops or over-the-counter meds could help to alleviate the pain if it’s caused by allergies or dryness. However, if the pain is severe and persistent, this could indicate a serious problem like an infection. If this is the case, make an appointment right away and have it looked at.

Sensitivity to Light

Are you struggling to see properly while driving at night? Or maybe you’re noticing a sensitivity to light. Either way, heightened sensitivity could also indicate an underlying problem. Contact your optometrist to have an examination.

Update Prescription

Annual eye exams are crucial if you wear eyeglasses. Over the span of a year, your vision can change quite a bit, which is why an annual eye exam is necessary to make sure you’re still wearing the right prescription. If your glasses are too weak or even too strong, this could cause nausea and headaches. Don’t live in discomfort. Have your eyes examined so you can see without the side effects.

Ready to book an appointment? Contact Laurier Optical today to have your eyes examined by an optometrist. You can also get an eye test at any of our walk-in clinics.   

Article has been reviewed by an Optometrist.