It’s a no brainer that you would visit the dentist when you have a toothache. Of course you would make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician if they were running a high fever, and you wouldn’t hesitate to see your doctor if you were experiencing some sudden, unexplained pain. You are careful to maintain your family’s health, but did you realize you can also keep an eye on your family’s overall health with routine eye exams?
Many of us take our vision for granted and, unless there are noticeable issues or we are experiencing pain, we don’t think it is necessary to visit an eye doctor. The truth is, a comprehensive eye exam can provide clues to many serious health issues which would remain hidden otherwise, both eye related issues and physical issues.
Obvious Reasons to Have a Routine Eye Exam
Most patients schedule an eye exam:
o If they are having discomfort or trouble with their vision
o If they need a change in their glasses or contacts prescription
o If they decide to switch from glasses to contact lenses
o If they are curious about LASIK surgery
What Else Can We Learn from a Routine Eye Exam
There are a number of eye-related issues and eye diseases which are essentially hidden from patients, but can be detected by a comprehensive routine eye exam. Some are vision threatening if not caught and treated in a timely fashion.
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease which has no apparent symptoms until it is almost too late to save your vision. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, this disease which affects the optic nerve is the second leading cause of blindness in the US. Because there are no perceptible symptoms, it can develop slowly over years if not diagnosed. Unless you schedule routine eye exams it can remain undetected. The first noticeable symptom of glaucoma is the loss of peripheral vision, by then damage is already done to your optic nerve. The early diagnosis of glaucoma can prevent loss of vision making a routine eye exam your best defense.
- Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss with patients over the age of fifty. This serious eye disease affects the central portion of your vision as it diminishes vision over time. Patients have few symptoms early, but will develop blurred areas near the center of their vision or blank spots. Only a comprehensive dilated eye exam can detect this vision reducing disease. There are various treatments available, but having regular eye exams are the best way to guarantee diagnosis before serious and irreversible damage is done.
- Dry Eye Syndrome
You may think you simply have seasonal allergies and that’s why you have difficulty with your vision. Blurry vision, red eyes and general eye discomfort may have an underlying cause, namely dry eye syndrome. A comprehensive eye examination will detect if you are suffering from dry eye syndrome and the specialists at Buda Vision Source will provide remedies for your discomfort.
- Children’s Issues
Of course parents bring their children to see an eye doctor for regular check-ups if they already wear glasses or think they may need corrective eyewear, but many times problems at school or difficulty playing sports may have an underlying cause and an eye exam can help determine the reason. Your child may have a lazy eye or amblyopia, for example, making school work frustrating. A thorough eye exam will provide parents with the information needed to correct the problem early. The team at Buda Vision Source are pediatric friendly and will be able to determine any specific eye issues in the young and provide the necessary care.
A Routine Eye Exam Can Save Your Life
This may sound dramatic, but it’s true. An eye exam reveals significant information about your overall health! In many cases your eye doctor can detect serious diseases like diabetes or if you are suffering from hypertension through a dilated eye exam, even before your primary doctor makes the diagnosis.
Enjoy peace of mind and plan to have routine eye exams for everyone in your family no matter their age.
Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Benham and the eye specialists at Buda Vision Source.