The New Year is almost here.
A quick and easy way to start the year off right is to schedule your annual eye exam.
Luckily, this is one of the easiest New Year’s resolutions to keep.
You want to see clearly not just in 2019, but in all the years and decades to come, and regular eye exams will alert you to any changes in your vision and eye health.
At Bard Optical, “Vision for life” is the number-one priority of every member of our professional eye care team. Your eye doctor will keep track of changes in different aspects of your eye health that may not be problematic now, but may put you at higher risk for complications down the road—issues that you want to be aware of and monitor.
For example, “Eye doctors also look for clinical findings, such as thinning of the retina and high refractive error, both of which may increase risk for retinal tears and detached retina. Pigmentary changes may increase risk of glaucoma, in which the optic nerve is damaged by increased pressure inside the eye,” according to the University of Wisconsin. Seeing your optical care team regularly ensures that a trained professional is keeping an eye on indicators like these.
During eye examinations, doctors discuss your medical history and assess aspects of both visual acuity and overall eye health with the following steps:
- Retinal health assessment
- Cataract inspection
- Glaucoma check
- Depth and near vision check
- Color vision test
- Visual acuity assessment
- Prescription analysis
- Contact lens fit
As you can see, your eye doctor will be doing much more than just keeping your prescription up to date.
In fact, eye doctors can detect many issues even before they become noticeable to patients.
Eyes are not just the window to the soul, as the saying goes, but they can also clue trained medical professionals in to several overall health issues, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and even lupus.
One reason for this is that blood vessels, while hidden in the rest of the body, are visible to doctors through the clear medium of the fluid in the eye. Anything that’s going on with the blood vessels in the eye is probably going on in the rest of the body.
Some groups of people need to get check-ups more often. If you or a family member fits one or more of the following, it is crucial for you to schedule an appointment every year:
- Contact lens wearers
- Patients with any other health conditions that put them at higher risk of eye-related issues
- Patients with a family history of eye diseases
- Those over age 55
We hope you see your best in 2019 and beyond. Ensure you enjoy “Vision for life” well into your golden years with a yearly eye examination. We look forward to seeing you soon!