With the New Year comes the list of resolutions: lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, eat better and so forth. What’s missing? How about making an appointment for an eye exam?
Most eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration, respond well to treatment if caught early in their progression. Having an annual eye exam is a great way to ensure that your eyes are healthy not only now, but also well into the future. There’s never a wrong time to get your eyes checked out, but a breakdown of age-specific needs may help:
Are you under 40? If so, and your vision is good, then you should have an eye exam at least once in your 20s, and twice in your 30s. If you are wearing contact lenses or glasses, then you should see your eye doctor annually. The same goes if you have a history of eye disease in your family, or experience pain, unusual flashes or any other vision abnormality.
Are you over 60? If so, then you should have a full eye exam every year or two, especially after you turn 65, to check for age-related eye problems such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts.
Whatever your age, taking care of your eyes is easy to do. A regular exam will certify that they are healthy and seeing 20/20, or will catch problems early enough so that they don’t become more serious down the road.