Did you know August is National Eye Exam Month? Whether you are in the mood to get in on the celebration, or just want to maintain healthy clear vision, here are five good reasons to schedule an eye exam.
1. Check both your eye health and overall health. Some eye diseases like glaucoma may have no noticeable symptoms, but can be detected early during a comprehensive eye exam. An eye exam is also a non-invasive way to examine your blood vessels. Through dilation of your pupils, your eye doctor can get a good look at the blood vessels in your eyes, which can lead to early detection of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
2. Ensure your prescription is up to date. Our eyes can change throughout our lives; a comprehensive eye exam can determine your prescription to help you see the world clearly. Also, it’s important to remember that children may be experiencing vision problems and not realize it because they are used to seeing things a certain way every day.
3. Eighty percent of what we learn is through our eyes. August is the perfect time to schedule an eye exam for kids heading back to school. Yearly eye exams are especially important for school-age children to ensure that they can see both the board in classroom and complete close-up work.
It is recommended that children receive their first eye exam at 6 months, then at 3 years old, again before entering kindergarten, then yearly after that. During an eye exam, eye doctors check both for visual acuity and how well the eyes work together. Conditions like lazy eye can often be corrected if caught in their early years.
4. Update your look. Your eyes are one of the first things to greet the world. Opticians can help you find glasses that flatter your face shape and fit your personal style and comfort needs.
Likewise, an eye exam is also important for contact lens wearers too. Contact lenses are medical devices—even decorative ones require a prescription from your doctor. Beware that contact lenses sold over the counter are illegal and can cause serious harm to your eyes.
5. Discover which lens options fit your lifestyle. Could you benefit from blue-light protection or light-reactive lenses? Discussing with your eye doctor how much time you spend using a computer or participate in an outdoor activity can help him or her advise which lenses from which you can benefit most.