Relying on a little four leaf clover to keep your eyes healthy in 2013? You may be able to rely on luck to get you out of that speeding ticket or finding some spare change in your pocket, but leaving your precious eyesight up to chance is not a good idea. This March, make it a point to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Routine eye appointments are important – regardless of your age or your physical health.
During a comprehensive eye exam, the eye doctor does much more than just determines your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Your doctor will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health (Source: All About Vision). Additionally, eye doctors are often the first health care professionals to detect diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
You may ask yourself, what will the eye doctor be checking for while I’m in the chair? Along with evaluating your eyes for glasses or contacts, your doctor will check for eye diseases and other problems that can lead to vision loss. Here are some conditions he/she will be looking for:
- Focusing problems– These problems can range from incompletely developed focusing skills in children to normal age-related declines in focusing ability (presbyopia) among older adults.
- Eye teaming problems– Even if your eyes appear to be working on a unit, it’s possible they do not work together efficiently as a team. These problems can cause headaches, eye strain and difficulty reading and other vision tasks.
- Refractive error– This is referring to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. These errors are corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or refractive surgery.
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