One of the things that most people neglect to do is go to the optometrist for a regular eye exam. These exams aren’t only for those who wear glasses; even if your vision is perfect, but it is still recommended to go to get an eye exam regularly. Eye exams are for more than just checking the quality of your vision or determining your prescription for glasses. They are also for checking for eye diseases and the condition of your eyes overall. Also the optometrist doesn’t only check for eye diseases, but the health of your eyes can be an indicator for other diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Having perfect or near perfect vision isn’t the overall indicator for perfect health. An eye doctor can discover much more than what may be wrong with your eyes. Adults, children, and the elderly should get their eyes checked on a regular basis to not only ensure the health of their eyes, but their overall health.
For children, eye exams are important for monitoring their development. Vision impairments go undetected in children all too often. Children with vision impairments tend to fall behind in school and experience problems in other areas in life. Children aren’t always aware that their vision is as good as the others around them. Going to an eye doctor regularly will determine whether or not a child’s vision is poor, and how bad it is. This will help the child with any problems poor vision may have been causing. The eye doctor will be able to see if there are any abnormalities such as astigmatism with the child’s eyes. Normal vision development in a child can be ensured this way as well. In adults and the elderly, vision can deteriorate over the years, so regular visits to the office of optometry can prevent or fix this.
There are a variety of problems and conditions that affect the eyes that an optometry professional can detect other than nearsightedness and farsightedness. One is strabismus, or crossed eyes. This can cause problems with depth perception. Dr. Ruth Tang will also check if the eyes are properly aligned and working together. If the eyes are not, this can cause headaches and eye strain. Focusing problems are also checked for. And there are many eye diseases that need to be checked for which include glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection is crucial in these eye diseases to prevent any irreversible vision loss. The eyes can also indicate signs of other diseases. The eye doctor will inspect the eyes blood vessels and retina for any possible signs of disease. For example, bleeding in the eye is indicative of diabetes. An optometrist will be able to detect this.
Keep in mind that there is a difference between a vision screening and eye exam. Vision screenings are those brief tests you get in a nurse’s office or before getting a driver’s license. They are not thorough and comprehensive examinations of the eye, and are not for checking for eye diseases and other conditions.
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