Schedule Annual Vision Exams to Maintain Eye Health
There are more than a few reasons regular comprehensive eye exams are important for both children and adults. In order to make sure a child’s vision is developing normally, it is essential that parents schedule regular eye check ups. If left undetected, vision errors can leave children struggling or falling behind in reading ability and in their school setting.
For adults, catching vision problems early on can prevent or address refractive errors and more serious diseases. If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses, it is important to keep your prescription current. Vision changes over time and is affected by different things, so scheduling regular eye exams is necessary to ensure your eyes are as healthy as can be.
Below are some examples of vision errors that a comprehensive eye exam can catch:
Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is a common condition in which one eye develops good vision while the other does not. It is important for children to have their eyes checked early on and regularly, as the best time to correct amblyopia is during infancy or early childhood.
If you spend a lot of time in the sun or live in dry, windy, smoky, dusty, or tropical climates, you are at risk for developing pterygium. Pterygium is a slightly elevated, superficial, wing-shaped, fleshy conjunctival growth that covers and alters the shape of the cornea. Those with pterygium might constantly feel like they have a foreign body in their eye, but others are asymptomatic. A comprehensive eye exam can help determine if you have developed the condition and the treatment options available. A diagnosis must be made to rule out other more serious disorders.
Seeing occasional floaters is not uncommon in aging individuals, but a sudden increase in the number or size of floaters is a red flag. Floaters can be a sign of vitreous or retinal detachment, which can cause small tears or holes in the retina. This can lead to retinal detachment and severe vision loss. An annual comprehensive eye exam can help manage floaters as well as catch any retina issues that need addressing.
Glaucoma affects a surprising number of adults in the United States, even if they do not know it! There are several different types of glaucoma, and all can be asymptomatic. Glaucoma is a condition in which clear fluid builds up and causes pressure within the eye. It can push against and potentially damage the optic nerve. Overtime, this damage can result in serious vision impairment, and even blindness.
If detected early on in a comprehensive vision exam, glaucoma can be stopped in its tracks before irreversible damage has occurred.
Catch Vision Problems Early On with a Comprehensive Eye Exam at NeoVision Eye Center
There are many other vision errors and problems that a comprehensive eye exam can prevent. Whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, a regular exam at NeoVision Eye Center will work wonders to keep children and adults’ vision in check.
Contact our team or visit our website to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today! New patients are always welcome. We look forward to the opportunity of serving your family’s complete eye care needs.