Getting an eye exam can be about as exciting as having your car’s oil changed. And for those of us who wear contact lenses and need that mandatory annual eye exam regardless of the existence of a problem, many wonder why eye exams are so important. In fact, one in five Americans delays having an annual eye exam because their to-do list is too long according to a 2012 survey commissioned by Wellpoint, Inc. But having a routine eye exam can save your vision!
When to go?
Everyone needs regular eye exams. Adults with no risk factors or family history of eye problems should go at least every two years and annually after age 60. Children need a check-up at 6 months, 3 years, before 1st grade, and then annually after that. Vision is closely linked to the learning process, so eye exams are especially important for young children.
Catching certain conditions early can save your vision
Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment can often reduce your risk of impaired vision or permanent vision loss.
Save more than just your sight
A recent study found that eye doctors frequently are the first to detect signs of chronic systemic conditions. Eye doctors have an unobstructed view of blood cells which can show early signs of high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension.
The exam itself will only take an hour to an hour and a half, but the potential gain by making vision care a priority is immeasurable. If you don’t have an eye doctor already, use our Find An Eye doctor tool and make an appointment today!