August is National Eye Exam Month so we wish to spend some time talking about how an eye exam is not only healthy for your eyes, but very important for your overall health as well! Getting a comprehensive eye exam is not just for those with poor vision, and it is recommended for everyone to get their eyes checked once a year. Here are some notable reasons to schedule an eye exam this month!
Optometrists examine much more than just your visual acuity. During an eye exam, optometrists look for signs of ocular diseases like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, in addition to numerous other eye health issues. Often these conditions do not show any symptoms until it is too late, so early diagnosis is very important to ensure that necessary treatments begin as soon as possible. Eye exams may also detect serious medical conditions that affect the well-being of your entire body, such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Your Eyes Change
Human eyes change over time and it is important to make sure that you are wearing lenses that measure up to your current prescription. Even if you do not presently wear any glasses or contacts, your vision might change making corrective lenses necessary. If you are currently wearing older glasses or contacts that differ from what your eyes actually need to see clearly, you might be susceptible to headaches, visual strain or eye fatigue.
Your Eyes and Allergies
Are your eyes dry, itchy, or burning? Do you have excessive tears or noticeable redness? You will not understand the nature of these problems unless you get an eye exam. Your eyes may be experiencing these irritating symptoms due to numerous potential issues such as allergies, dry eye syndrome or infection. In any case, managing the symptoms and finding relief starts with your optometrist, as they will help by assessing any ailments and providing appropriate treatments to alleviate them.
Digital Eye Strain
Every glowing screen holds consequences for our eyes, and we spend much of our time in front of computers, smartphones, televisions and tablets. All of these devices contribute to ‘Digital Eye Strain,’ which results from harmful blue light being emitted from the screen. Optometrists can help prevent the onset of this modern dilemma by fitting you with lenses that filter blue light, to protect your eyes during extended periods with technology.
All of us have unique biological characteristics and some eyes require special considerations in order to wear contact lenses comfortably. Metro Eye’s Dr. Amanda Kopczyk, Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski and Dr. Amy Jankowski specialize in fitting contacts for patients who are considered hard-to-fit. If you believe that wearing contacts will not work for you, let our optometrists find a new solution with a thorough eye evaluation.
We understand that you and your family members lead very busy lives, however your annual eye exams are extremely important. Everyone needs to have an optometrist perform a thorough evaluation of their eyes yearly, to ensure they will see clearly and healthfully into the future.