You’ve got a busy life, filled with responsibilities at home, work, and with family and friends. Nobody would blame you if, when your to-do list starts growing, you might feel tempted to skip your annual eye exam.
After all, you may think that because you can see pretty well and you’re not experiencing any problems with your eyes, you don’t need it. Can’t you just put off the exam, maybe even for another year?
The eye care specialists at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, understand how busy you are. But our caring providers urge you to carve out time for your regular eye exams.
Why? Because even if you feel great and can see fine, having eye exams regularly — generally every two years if you're under 50, once a year if you're over 50 or wear glasses, or more frequently if your eye specialist recommends it — is one of the best things you can do for your eyes.
Here are three reasons why you should never miss your routine eye exam.
Some eye conditions make themselves known. For example, if you have something in your eye, the discomfort, tears, and redness bring it to your attention. But some common eye diseases are silent, and unless you have an eye exam, they could go undiagnosed and worsen over time.
Take glaucoma, for example. Eye specialists often refer to glaucoma as the “silent thief of sight” because it can cause damage to your eyes and your vision without any symptoms that call attention to it. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness around the world, according to the National Eye Institute.
Although glaucoma has no cure, catching and treating it early can help delay a loss of vision. Fortunately, a glaucoma test is a quick, easy part of your regular eye exam.
Some health conditions affect your eyes as well as your body. For example, diabetes, which affects the way your body uses glucose, can cause damage to the blood vessels in your eyes and cause a condition known as diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness.
Other diseases — such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, some types of vascular disease, multiple sclerosis, and certain thyroid disorders — can also affect your eyes. In fact, eye care specialists are sometimes the first health care providers to identify signs of these health conditions because of their impact on your eyes.
Regular eye exams are no substitute for check-ups with your primary care provider, but they can go a long way toward keeping you healthy and catching systemic diseases.
An eye exam can also determine whether you have other conditions that require treatment, including cataracts and dry eyes. If you do, your eye specialist evaluates your condition and recommends a personalized treatment plan for you.
You might think that if your eyeglass prescription needs updating, you would notice that you can’t see as well as you used to. In reality, many people don’t realize that their vision is changing because it happens so gradually.
Your eye care specialist checks your vision during your eye exam and gives you a new prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses if you need them. And our optical services team can help you find the glasses or contacts that best suit your needs and style.
Our providers want to help you take the very best care of your eye health and your vision. That means making — and keeping — regular eye exam appointments.
Contact us today to schedule your eye exam. Call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online. Our offices are conveniently located in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona. We also offer services through our mobile eye clinic.