Two reasons to visit an optometrist regularly
If you're not experiencing any specific problems with your eyes, you may feel that there is no need to go for routine check-ups at your local optometrist clinic. However, there are a number of reasons why you should not skip these appointments. Read on to find out what these reasons are.
To detect serious eye conditions at the earliest possible stage
Many serious eye conditions that can lead to vision impairment are asymptomatic in their earliest stages. For example, it can take several years for glaucoma (a condition which affects the optic nerve) to begin causing noticeable symptoms, such as a loss of peripheral vision. If a person who has this condition only goes to their optometrist at this point, there may already be irreversible damage to their eye.
Conversely, if a person always goes for their annual eye tests, this condition could be detected and treated by an optometrist long before it has any major impact on their vision.
Similarly, routine check-ups can help an optometrist to spot diabetic retinopathy, a condition that damages the blood vessels within the retina. Whilst there is no cure for this particular condition, vision loss can be prevented if treatment is sought before any severe damage has been done to the retina.
As such, a simple 20-minute check-up once a year could potentially help you to retain your vision in the future.
To ensure you are wearing the correct prescription lenses
If you wear prescription contact lenses or glasses on a regular basis, it is particularly important to attend your annual appointment with your optometrist.
People often become gradually more short or near-sighted as they age. As such, it's entirely possible that your current prescription lenses are not providing you with the crisp, clear vision that you need.
Wearing the wrong prescription lenses can cause a whole host of problems, including dizziness, headaches and blurred vision. It can also increase the speed with which your eyes get 'tired' and dry after reading, watching television or using your computer, and you may notice that your eyes seem bloodshot after just a short period of engaging in these activities.
Last but not least, it could also be dangerous if you need to wear your glasses whilst driving, as you may find it harder to read road signs or spot approaching vehicles. This, in turn, could increase your chances of getting involved in a road accident.
Contact an optometrist for more information and assistance.