The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

To maintain good health, we all know it's important to schedule routine health checkups. We schedule appointments with our physicians to check our blood pressure; we schedule appointments with dentists to check our teeth. Yet, the importance of regular eye exams often goes overlooked. Let's investigate the reasons why you shouldn't wait to schedule an eye exam.

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Why Are Regular Eye Exams Important?

In the US alone, 93 million adults are at high risk of developing vision loss. This makes regular eye exams vital to preserving your vision and quality of life. For children, it is crucial to get tested before he or she enters kindergarten. After that point, there’s a simple rule to follow for how often you should get your eyes checked. If you’re under 40, you should get tested every 2 years, and if over 40, you get tested every 1-2 years. But, if you are experiencing any negative symptoms, you may need to get your eyes checked more often.

The main reason to get tested is to detect and prevent any health issues from developing further. For any issues, serious or minor, early detection is critical. Yet, many do not know eye exams can help detect such problems.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults. It can cause disease in the eye called Diabetic Retinopathy. It is due to high blood sugar, which damages and scars blood vessels in the retina resulting in permanent vision loss. The good news is early detection and treatment can prevent this from happening. It’s recommended to schedule an eye exam along with maintaining good control of blood sugar and blood pressure levels. A retina specialist is the best qualified to treat diabetic retinopathy. If left unchecked, Diabetic Retinopathy can lead to other issues such as cataracts or glaucoma.

Cataracts

Cataracts are a common problem that comes with aging. Cataracts are the clouding of your eyes. This cloudy vision will cause difficulties reading, driving, and even judging facial expressions. Beyond cloudy vision, symptoms can include high sensitivity to light, double vision in a single eye, or severe headaches. No research shows the prevention of cataracts. Yet, early detection, thanks to an eye exam, will allow doctors to develop a strategy to help with ongoing treatment. One option is cataract surgery. It is a quick and straightforward surgery. Your cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when high pressure in the eye damages the optic nerve. It is most common in adults over age 60. There are two different types: open-angle and acute-angle closure. Open-Angle Glaucoma is noticeable due to patchy spots in your peripheral vision, which may later result in complete tunnel vision. Acute-Angle Closure Glaucoma symptoms include severe headaches, eye pain, and blurred vision. Suppose you are experiencing any of these symptoms. In that case, it is best to schedule an eye exam before your eyes suffer any significant damage. This is important because vision loss due to glaucoma can’t be recovered. Also, if glaucoma runs in your family history, you will need to schedule more frequent screenings than usual.

Amblyopia

Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the biggest reason for vision impairment in children. It affects every 2 children out of 100. Amblyopia occurs when the brain fails to process inputs in one of its eyes. This results in the individual relying on the other, stronger eye. Over time, the weaker eye will stop receiving signals altogether, making matters worse. The good news is this can be prevented and treated before it worsens. Quite often, lazy eyes are not evident without an eye exam, so scheduling an eye exam to conduct an early diagnosis of amblyopia can help. The best results occur when children who are 7 years or younger are treated.

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Myopia

Myopia (nearsightedness) is another huge issue for children. Objects up close are seen clearly, and objects far away appear blurry because the shape of your eyes is causing light rays to bend incorrectly. If your child squints or blinks a lot, asks to sit closer while in the classroom, or cannot discern distant objects, it may be a case of nearsightedness. A basic eye exam can confirm whether your child has myopia. Early myopia treatment with low-dose Atropine drops can significantly slow the progression of myopia in children.

 

Protect Your Vision with European Eye Center

As you can see, regular eye exams are of the utmost importance. Eye exams can detect and help prevent minor health issues from developing into serious ones. This is vital to maintain good health across our lifespan. Make the time to schedule an eye exam this week with the European Eye Center (EEC) to ensure you take the necessary steps to protect your vision.

Did you know? European Eye Center offers translation services in Korean and Japanese.

 

Dr. JD Ferwerda
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