Millions of Americans suffer from vision problems and eye diseases. If you’re one of the lucky people with good vision and healthy eyes, that doesn’t mean it’s OK to ignore your eyes entirely. In fact, having regular eye exams is important for maintaining your eye health and vision, especially as you get older.
Long Island Ophthalmic Concepts is a leading provider of comprehensive eye exams for patients in Bellmore, Great Neck, and Huntington, New York, including exams for patients with “perfect” vision. Here are six reasons why you need an exam even if you don’t have any current vision concerns.
1. Early detection of vision issues
Your eye health and vision can change very quickly. Having regular eye exams helps your doctor identify potential problems early, even before you spot any symptoms on your own. With routine exams, we can monitor for conditions that can cause dramatic vision loss, including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration, providing treatment to help slow disease progression and help you maintain good vision.
2. Diagnosis of other eye problems
In addition to identifying major eye health issues early, routine exams enable us to spot other problems, like dry eyes or eyelid inflammation, that could lead to more serious problems down the road. We can also spot signs of eye strain associated with computer use or other lifestyle factors, helping you adopt healthy behaviors to keep your eyes healthy.
3. Preventive care
Our team will ask about your health history and your family history of eye diseases during your exam. Having a detailed history helps us identify potential risk factors for eye problems so we can monitor you more closely or recommend steps to help you manage those risks.
4. Personal education and guidance
Good vision is great, but it’s important to understand that your eye health and vision can change rapidly. Having routine eye exams enables our team to provide you with important guidance to help you keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. That includes information on eye-healthy nutrition, sun protection, use of eye drops, and other steps to help your eyes stay healthy.
5. Detecting systemic health problems
Comprehensive eye exams use special techniques to evaluate the internal structures of your eye, like the light-sensitive retina at the back of your eye and your intraocular eye pressure. Evaluating these and other key elements helps your eye doctor spot other health issues, like diabetes, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or some types of cancer, even before you notice any other symptoms.
6. Maintaining an ongoing health record
Having regular eye exams helps your eye doctor keep track of your eye health and vision over time, providing critical information that can help identify problems early. Even when your results are “normal,” those routine exams can go a long way toward providing you with peace of mind, especially as you get older.
Make good vision a priority this fall
Bottom line: Eye exams aren’t just for people with eye health or vision problems. Regular exams are essential in warding off potential health and vision issues while promoting overall wellness.
To schedule your routine eye exam or have specific symptoms evaluated by our team, request an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Long Island Ophthalmic Concepts today.