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Here’s Why Your Annual Eye Exams are So Important

Most people realize that their vision is important to their quality of life. However, because the concept of vision loss is typically not on our radar, we may also miss the value of a thorough, annual eye exam. Eye exams are not vision screenings. The exams that your ophthalmologist performs go far beyond observing how well you see at a given point in time. In our Winchester, VA vision center, patients receive exams that observe the various parts of the eyes; the parts that may be breaking down without any signs or symptoms. Here, we discuss some of the benefits you can gain by maintaining yearly ophthalmic exams.

  1. One appointment offers significant value. In one appointment, numerous eye tests are conducted. The eye doctor looks at the front surface of your eye as well as the back surface, where the retina and optic nerve are located. Intraocular pressure is also measured. The data collected during a brief eye exam can indicate your risk for eye diseases like glaucoma, retinopathy, and cataracts. These are typically slowly-moving conditions that, with early care, may be quite manageable.
  2. We face more risks today. Because we have grown so accustomed to our digital devices like our computer screens and smartphones, we may not realize that we are suffering from digital eye strain. Studies suggest that people of all ages, even children, can experience symptoms of digital eye strain such as headaches and dry eyes. Routine eye exams provide an opportunity to discuss these symptoms and how to manage or prevent them in the future.
  3. Vision needs are better met with routine exams. For individuals who wear glasses or contact lenses, annual exams are necessary to stay up-to-date on vision needs. Waiting longer than a year to see the eye doctor increases the chance that a more significant change in lens prescription will be necessary.
  4. Eye health is an indication of general health. There are various health conditions that can affect the eyes, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In many cases, health conditions are first noticed during a routine eye exam, facilitating prompt medical treatment to manage overall health.

There are many more reasons to see your eye doctor than not. Schedule your visit with us at 540.722.6200.

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