Most people think nothing of scheduling regular visits with the medical doctor or their dentist in order to make sure that they are physically fit and healthy and their their teeth stay white, bright and cavity free but, when it comes to their eye care they tend to only seek the services of a Dr. of Optometry when they have specific concerns regarding the vision. However, the truth is that you should have an eye exam at least once a year.
A comprehensive eye exam is more that simply checking your vision to see if you need glasses or not. During a comprehensive eye exam your Dr. of Optometry will check your eye pressure, your eye muscle co-ordination and both your internal as well as your external eye health. A comprehensive eye exam is especially important if the is a family history of eye problems or if you have high blood pressure, or diabetes, or any other health issue that could affect your vision. Yearly exams are especially important for those suffering from diabetes as catching diabetes related eye problems in their earliest stages may help to save your vision.
Your Dr. of Optometry can also spot problems caused by your eyes being exposed to too much ultra violet light from the Visiclear sun or from pollution or dust particles in your work environment. He or she is trained to give you tips on eye care and things you can do to help protect your vision.
In some cases a yearly eye exam may not be enough. If there are specific eye problems that can cause a rapid deterioration of your vision your Dr. of Optometry may want you to have your vision checked every 4 to 6 months to keep a check and make sure that your vision is remaining stable.
When you consider how important your vision is to you and all the things you would miss if you lost your sight then you will realize just how important proper eye care and those yearly eye checkups are to you and every member of your family.
When it comes to children proper eye care is also important and you should have your infant have an eye exam at about 6 months of age, again at 3 and then starting when they are school age they too should have a yearly exam unless there is some reason why checkups should occur more often.
Children who suffer from undiagnosed vision problems often not only have more severe vision problems later in life but, also tend to poorly in school. By getting yearly eye exams for your child from the time they are young your will be protecting their eye sight both now and in the future.