Eyesight is one of our most precious senses, and yet, most of us take it for granted. When did you last visit your eye doctor? If you have not experienced any vision problems, it is likely that this is not a priority on your to-do list. However, regular eye checkups are not only critical to maintaining good vision, but they are also important for monitoring your overall health.
Our optometric eye care center, conveniently located where Wellington meets Lake Worth has put together some reasons why it might be time to schedule that long overdue eye exam. Here are the most important reasons why you and your family should make it a point to see your eye doctor at least once a year.
- Some serious eye diseases bear no symptoms: Many eye diseases are painless and can become quite advanced (even untreatable) by the time you experience any change in your vision. High eye pressure is one such problem and when neglected, can lead to Glaucoma or permanent blindness. Known as the “sneak thief of sight”, Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can go undetected until it is quite severe. Loss of vision from Glaucoma is irreversible, but early detection and treatment can help prevent it from becoming worse. Other conditions such as macular degeneration or cataracts can also develop so gradually that you may not realize your vision has decreased. Only a comprehensive eye checkup (not just a vision test) can uncover these problems.
- Eye exams can detect serious medical conditions: Not many people are aware that a routine eye exam can help detect serious health conditions such as diabetes, cancers, brain tumors, thyroid disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The eyes provide a clear view of the blood vessels and the optics nerve, enabling your optometrist to spot serious health concerns before you become aware of them.
- Many learning difficulties are caused by vision problems: Children’s vision is critical to learning. Common reading and learning difficulties can be linked to vision problems. Early detection is critical because the part of the brain that is responsible for visual processing is most plastic or influenced by therapy at a young age. Additionally, delays in learning due to vision can snowball, making it difficult for children to grasp more difficult concepts as they progress through school. According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children should have additional eye exams at age 3, before they enter the first grade (about age 5 or 6) and every two years after that. Those who need eyeglasses or contact lenses should be examined annually or as recommended by their optometrist.
- Early detection improves the effectiveness of treatments: As with any other health issues, the early detection of eye problems is the best way to maintain your vision. It is important to understand that children and even some adults are unable to determine what normal vision is or to perceive a change in their vision. Poor vision in only one eye that the brain subsequently ignores, a problem commonly referred to as lazy eye or amblyopia, is a great example of one such problem that often goes undetected in children. If the other unaffected eye sees well, many children are unaware that one eye is doing all the work. This condition is only treatable at a young age. Similarly, adults may experience vision loss or disease in one eye, and are often unaware of the change in their vision, given the other eye is unaffected. Serious diseases like macular degeneration or high blood pressure that leads to the equivalent of a stroke in the eye, all have more favorable outcomes when detected and treated early. The board-certified optometrists at our optometric eye care center in Lake Worth are specially trained to do so and can help preserve your eye health.
- Preventing vision loss is better than fighting to recover it: At SeaView Eyecare, we educate our patients about common eye problems as well as ways to enhance your eye health. Browse our knowledge center for articles on common eye care and eyewear concerns. Schedule an appointment to come in and discuss your concerns. We are always happy to help.
Our state-of-the-art optometric eye care center serving Lake Worth provides comprehensive services for your entire family. We have invested in the latest diagnostic tools to provide you with prescriptions for the clearest vision as well as the detection of eye disease. An extensive range of eyewear and sunglasses options helps cater to diverse tastes. If we do not have the frames you desire, we will make every effort to order them for you! As contracted providers for most insurance plans we can help you make optimal use of your benefits to maintain healthy eyes.
Call 561-790-7290 to schedule an eye exam at our optometric eye care center in Lake Worth, Florida or schedule an appointment online.