Your vision may not be blurry, but it is still important to have annual eye exams. Not only can eye exams help identify vision problems at an early stage, eye exams can also identify other health problems early on. Below are a few reasons why yearly exams are important.
Kids do better in school – a large part of what children are expected to learn in the classroom and beyond – some suggest more than 80 percent – requires good vision. Annual eye exams are the only way to make sure your kids are seeing clearly and comfortably so they can so their best in the classroom.
Vision screening is no substitute for an exam – Many parents believe their children’s vision is fine because they pass the vision screening tests at school. Similarly, adults believe that passing vision screening tests at the DMV mean they have great vision. In both instances, this is not the case. Vision screening tests are designed to identify people who have significant vision problems. Only a complete exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist can ensure you are seeing the best and that you don’t have any developing forms of eye disease.
Myopia is becoming more common – More and more, kids are developing myopia, or nearsightedness. When children begin experiencing myopia at a young age the nearsightedness tends to progress throughout childhood and can lead to other problems later in life, such as retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Glaucoma – Speaking of glaucoma, yearly eye exams are virtually the only way to screen for this serious, and sneaky, disease. There are no early warning signs for the early stages of the disease. By the time people realize they are experiencing issues relating to glaucoma, they have often already sustained permanent damage to the eye and control of the disease can be very difficult. Scheduling yearly exams can help to catch the disease early on and mitigate damage to the eye.
Other health issues – Many other health issues can be identified by having an eye exam. Conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer can have identifiable effects on the eye’s vascular system. Eye exams are particularly important for the millions of Americans who have or are at risk of having diabetes. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among adults and can only be detected in the early stages by a comprehensive eye exam.
At A1A Optics we offer full vision exams from an experienced, board certified optometrist.