Adults without vision problems may be tempted to avoid routine checkups, and those who require corrective lenses may only visit an eye doctor after losing or damaging a pair of glasses. However, it is recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam annually or every two years, depending on your age, risk factors and whether you currently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.
If you do not require corrective lenses, you may be curious why you should have your vision checked. It may seem unnecessary, however there are a variety of reasons you should check in on your vision.
A specialist at Florida Eye Center will discuss your risk factors and why you should schedule routine eye care, however the following list applies to most.
Whether you currently have corrective lenses or have perfect vision, a variety of factors can cause your vision to change. For many, even those with no prior vision problems, it may become hard to see close-up with age. This is called age-related farsightedness and may require reading glasses, but it may also require more extensive care.
Furthermore, if you have current vision challenges it is important to monitor them periodically to adjust your prescription. Wearing an improper prescription can cause headaches, dizziness, and difficulty driving, so it is important to keep up-to-date on your vision prescription and corrective lenses.
When detected early, glaucoma and cataracts may be surgically treated to prevent further damage.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in people over 40. Fortunately, almost all vision loss due to glaucoma can be prevented if the disease is detected early and treated with specially prescribed medications. Nearly all types of glaucoma involve a build-up of pressure inside the eye. Primary open angle glaucoma is by far the most common form of glaucoma and is painless and develops slowly without symptoms. In fact, most people are unaware they have it until much later. There are no warning signs, only irreversible damage to the optic nerve by the time vision problems are noticed. When detected early, irreversible damage can be prevented.
Age-related macular degeneration is the gradual breakdown of light-sensitive tissue in the eye. This causes difficulty seeing at night, which you might notice the most when attempting to drive at night. Although common, it is important to see an eye care professional regularly to avoid further damage and properly treat your vision issues before something serious, such as a car accident while driving at night occurs.
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