5 Reasons You Should Get an Eye Exam

Sep 9, 2022

We are all so busy, and it can be easy to be forget to schedule regular eye exams, especially if it seems like your vision is fine. Getting regular eye exams is about more than your vision, though. Eye exams are an important part of your healthcare! When was the last time you got an eye exam? We’ll share five reasons to prioritize your health, vision, and overall wellness by scheduling an eye exam.

Eye Exams Can Detect Underlying Health Issues  

Did you know that the retina, the light-sensitive layer in the back of your eye, is the only place in your body where blood vessels can be seen directly? During an eye exam, your doctor can spot underlying health issues of which you may not be aware, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, because of how they impact your blood vessels.  

Digital Eye Strain  

The American Optometric Association estimates that the average American worker spends seven hours a day on a computer either in the office or while working from home.

The high visual demands of looking at screens of various sizes throughout the day can cause headaches, blurred vision, neck and shoulder pain, eyestrain, and dry eyes. Symptoms can be worsened by an improper viewing distance from the computer, poor lighting, and uncorrected vision problems.  

Getting an eye exam will diagnose any vision problem and you may also need eyeglasses with special lenses to alleviate digital eye strain.  

Prevent Serious Eye Diseases  

Perhaps the most important reason to get regular eye exams is to prevent damage from eye disease. Some sight-threatening eye diseases have little to no symptoms in the early stages, and the only way to know you have them is by getting an eye exam.  

  • Glaucoma is a disease which is characterized by lack of symptoms in the early stages. It is called the “sneak thief of sight” for this reason because many people in the early stages don’t realize they have it.
  • Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss in diabetics, and there may be mild or no symptoms in the early stages.
  • Macular degeneration is another serious eye disease without symptoms in the early stages and progresses gradually, so by the time you notice vision loss, the disease is in an advanced stage, and there currently is no cure for it.  

The best way to prevent vision loss from serious eye disease is to get regular eye exams where they can be diagnosed and treated.  

Your Vision May Be Changing  

It may seem like your vision is fine, but your brain accommodates for changes in vision without you even fully realizing it. Small changes in your vision can affect how you feel every day while driving, working, and engaging in other activities. Being able to see your best is an important part of living a high-quality life!

Get an Updated Prescription  

If you currently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to see, then you need regular eye exams to assess your vision and to get an updated prescription. As mentioned, vision can change frequently, so even if you feel your vision is fine, you may be surprised to learn during an eye exam that it can be better with a change in the prescription!  

Schedule an Eye Exam at Newport Eyecare

The doctors at Newport Eyecare have the expertise and the latest in technology to provide high-quality eye health and vision care. Make your health and vision a priority and schedule an eye exam today!  

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