Did you know that you should be visiting your eye doctor regularly? Many people don’t see an eye doctor unless they have an eye emergency or infection. There are specific guidelines for visiting the eye doctor and patients with vision problems should see their doctor even more often. However, you want to make sure you are receiving your eye exams from trained professionals who can spot the signs of disease and visual problems. Routine screenings at work or school just aren’t the same. Find out how an eye doctor differs in their examinations with patients and why you need to get your eye exams from a professional!
When was the last time you had an eye exam? Many people get eye exams regularly, but not enough are having eye exams as often as they should. Here are some tips and recommendations for seeing the eye doctor:
Everyone needs to get their eyes checked often, as many vision problems and diseases don’t cause pain and they come on gradually over time. Eye doctors (known as ophthalmologists) have received at least 10 years of training in keeping your eyes healthy. During eye exams, they can notice the smallest eye changes that signal the start of a vision condition or disease.
The equipment they use during various eye exams are also able to see inside your eye in order to observe the delicate tissues inside. You can’t do that on your own, especially when it comes to refractive errors or detecting problems such as retinal detachment or glaucoma. Some problems are only detected on an internal level way before you start to notice vision problems setting in. Eye exams are important no only to your eye health, but to overall health. For example, in infants, most of what they learn that first year of life is through sight. If their vision was impaired, their cognitive learning would be hindered right from the start, which can affect the rest of their life.
Eye exams can test for over 100 different things. They can test your color vision, for the presence of refractive errors, if your eye coordination is good and much more. Getting eye exams frequently can literally make the difference between losing your vision early-on in life or keeping your vision clear for years to come.
Some people have their eyes checked in a vision screening without ever seeing the eye doctor. A vision screening is not enough to detect the presence of eye conditions or disease. In fact, the main goal of vision screenings is to try to determine if there is some sort of eye condition or vision problem happening. If there is an inkling that something with your vision is off, then you are referred to an eye doctor. A vision screening will detect if you can see clear enough, but it basically stops at that level.
Schools and workplaces will often provide vision screenings to their students and workers. However, the tests used (such as eye charts) are the most basic and the time you spend having your vision screening is less than a few minutes. Many people providing these screenings are volunteers or professionals not trained in eye health. In fact, many community organizations that provide vision screenings will train the volunteers for a few minutes before the screening begins. Compared to the 10+ years of professional schooling and training an eye doctor gets, you are much better off having your eyes examined by them, for a longer period of time with super sensitive professional tools.
Do you want to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear for as many years as possible? Do you want to avoid chronic eye conditions and diseases that run in your family? If so, consider staying up-to-date with your eye exams! Patients who see an eye doctor frequently are much more likely to catch eye problems while they are in their infancy, before vision is damaged. If you want to keep your eyes healthy, call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 223-0401 to receive your eye exam!