The Importance of Annual Eye Exams
- Posted on: Sep 15 2014
Regardless of your age and health, routine annual eye exams are important. In a comprehensive eye exam, so much more than your vision is being evaluated. A simple vision screening is that which you undergo at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or at your family practitioner’s office. However, the condition and health of your eyes are not being evaluated during a vision screening. During a comprehensive eye exam an ophthalmologist is looking for warning signs of conditions that start in the eye that can affect your overall health. They say, “the eyes are the windows to your soul,” but your eyes are actually portals for doctors to measure your health.
Why are eye exams important for children?
Comprehensive eye exams are important in children to track ocular development. Children with eye problems are less likely to perform well in school, as healthy vision is closely related to the learning process. Children often do not complain about vision problems because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. By bringing children in for routine eye exams, any issues with eye health and vision can be addressed and even corrected at a young age.
Why should adults have their eyes checked annually?
Aging and diminished eyesight are closely related. It is important adults schedule an annual routine eye exam so that any signs of eye disease can be detected early, and to ensure that prescription lenses are current.
What are some eye problems the doctor is looking for?
During an annual eye exam the doctor is looking for eye diseases that can lead to vision loss or impact your overall health. Some of the conditions ophthalmologists screen for are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia, strabismus (crossed eyes), focusing problems and glaucoma. During an eye exam, it is also possible for ophthalmologists to detect diabetes and high blood pressure in the earliest stages. Early detection is essential in preventing certain diseases and conditions from progressing to the point where permanent damage to your vision and health has occurred.
Comprehensive Eye Exams in Brooklyn and Rego Park
For more information about comprehensive eye exams, and any of our treatments and services, contact Dr. Giyaur today to book your appointment. We are conveniently located in Brooklyn and Rego Park, and can be reached at 718-676-6464. We look forward to meeting you!