4 Reasons You Should Have Yearly Eye Exams
We often see patients who come to us because they failed a vision screening at work or school. But there are many other people who rely on these types of free screenings and have never gone to the eye doctor for a yearly comprehensive eye exam. They have no family history of eye disease and their vision seems to be fine so they don’t think eye exams are necessary.
While this attitude is understandable, it is also incorrect. Prevention is the best treatment when it comes to your vision and many common eyes diseases are treatable if they are caught early enough. Here are four reasons you should consider having yearly eye exams:
- You can have vision problems and be unaware of them
Roughly 11 million Americans over the age of 12 need vision correction. The truth is you may think your vision is just fine — until you get that first pair of contacts.
- Vision screenings are not meant to replace eye exams
Free vision screenings usually only take a few minutes and are performed by volunteers, not an ophthalmologist. Vision screenings are usually designed to detect major vision problems and can overlook more subtle symptoms that indicate potentially serious problems.
- You need more frequent eye exams as you age
Glaucoma and cataracts are two of the most common causes of blindness and your chances of developing one of these conditions increases as you age. If you are over the age of 60, don’t take risks with your vision. Make sure you have yearly comprehensive eye exams so you can preserve your vision for as long as possible.
- Eye diseases can go undetected for a long time
Many people believe that if they were to develop an eye disease they would notice the symptoms before it is too late. Unfortunately, this simply is not true. Conditions like cataracts can cause very few symptoms in the beginning and often you may not realize there is a problem until permanent vision damage has occurred.
The number of blind and visually impaired Americans is expected to double by the year 2030. This is a scary statistic but it doesn’t have to include you. Dr. Goldberg is specially trained to examine your eyes and provide you with the care and support you need. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg, contact our office today.