We’ve all been there; it’s time for your annual exam, so you call your doctor’s office and schedule the appointment. Then the day comes, and you realize you simply do not have time to fit that appointment into your busy schedule so you cancel. All the while promising yourself that you will in fact reschedule when you have some time; the only problem is… that time doesn’t come.
It’s an easy thing to do in this overly scheduled, hectic world we live in. Sometimes it’s a miracle we even sit down at the dinner table in the evenings. Don’t fall victim to your busy schedule and forget to make time for that all important eye exam.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes an indicator of your overall health (Source: All About Vision). Additionally, eye doctors are often the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Make sure that you do not substitute a vision screening for a complete eye exam. Vision screenings are simply limited eye tests that help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. While vision screenings can identify individuals with vision problems, they can miss more than they find. A comprehensive eye exam is performed by a doctor and includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision.