Taking care of your body is a lifelong process. It may seem obvious that once you have become older, doctor visits and annual examinations become more imperative. However, your physical body isn’t the only part of you that ages—your eyes do too! They are included as part of your body, but we often forget that they need the same maintenance as the rest of you. In fact, they may need more. That's why 'Vision For Life' means so much to Bard Optical.
Even as a young child, it’s important that you visit an optometrist on a regular basis so that they can determine whether or not you need glasses. As a kid, your body is growing and developing rapidly, and sometimes it seems like the rest of you can’t “keep up.” Your vision can begin to deteriorate suddenly, which usually signals the intervention of a parent or guardian who will take you for an eye exam. If you have children, it’s important to keep a close eye on their vision and determine whether or not they are having trouble seeing at a distance (or up close) so they can be taken to an optometrist for an exam.
As a teen and young adult, it’s also likely that your vision can deteriorate. While it may not happen as rapidly as it does for children, it’s still important to take care of your eyes and get an annual exam. College students and people who are working full-time often have problems finding time for an appointment, but it’s crucial that you take an hour or so to get an eye exam. It can help to detect any abnormalities in vision that may not have been present as a child that may cause issues later in life.
Adults are likely to face vision problems, just because of wear over time to the retinas and damage that you may have sustained in earlier years. This is also when some vision problems make themselves more noticeable, such as cataracts and glaucoma. Luckily, if these are caught early (or you have made note that you are at risk at a young age) then they can be treated and managed by your eye doctor. Getting that annual exam becomes more imperative, and taking time off from that may harm you more than you think. You may be missing out on valuable information about your vision health, and what you can do to keep your eyes healthy as you age.
Elders will often require the most care with eyes, as this is when your eyes have done the most and have been exposed to a multitude of different stimuli that can affect and possibly impair your vision. An annual exam is essential, and at the discretion of your physician, you may be offered to come twice a year to check up on your eye health and any medical problems you may have.
Getting your eyes examined is a process that may take time, but it’s important to do it annually to ensure that your eyes are not having any issues that may not be detectable to you. Taking care of yourself is a lifelong process, so be sure to take care of everything!