6 Reasons to Get an Eye Exam Before the End of the Year

Eye Doctor Checks Child’s Eyes in Eye ExamCataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration impair the vision of millions of Americans, so here are six reasons to schedule an eye exam before the end of the year:

  1. You might not have to pay for it. Eye exams are considered preventative care and many insurance companies will provide you with one covered eye exam each year. Therefore, it is in your best interest to use your benefit before the year ends. Call your health insurance member services to find out about your benefits for eyeglasses, contacts and specific tests and procedures so you can anticipate your out-of-pocket responsibility.
  2. You’ll want to see your loved ones clearly over the holidays. Progressive eye diseases like cataracts can cause blurred vision, double vision and faded colors. An eye exam will allow your eye doctor to monitor any developing cataracts and suggest cataract surgery, if necessary.
  3. Many eye conditions have no symptoms in the early stages, so early detection is paramount. Glaucoma, sometimes called “the sneak thief of sight,” can gradually reduce your visual field without notice. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can also progress silently, especially if only one eye is affected. In many cases, glaucoma and AMD can cause permanent vision loss if they are not detected early. Your best defense against degenerative eye disease is an annual comprehensive eye exam.
  4. You will have an updated prescription and clear vision for holiday travel. Christmas eve and Christmas day are among the most dangerous holidays of the year for automobile accidents, so get your eyes examined before your road trip begins.
  5. New frames or contacts can enhance your appearance. Holiday gatherings usually include lots of photo opportunities, so look your best by showing up at the party with trendy frames or contact lenses.
  6. A comprehensive eye exam is an integral part of your overall wellness. You depend on your eyesight for most of your daily activities, so it is only logical that you should prioritize your vision. However, an eye exam provides much more than an update on your visual acuity. It actually offers a glimpse of your overall health. Many chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension manifest symptoms in the eyes, so it’s not uncommon for an ophthalmologist to refer you back to your primary care physician for additional testing.

Contact an Ophthalmologist Near You

Call your ophthalmologist to make appointments for comprehensive eye exams for the whole family. If you are not under the care of a board-certified physician, click here for a list of eye care specialists in your area.

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