The Importance of Regular Eye Exams
By David Gross on December 06, 2013
Many people believe that if they do not notice a change or disturbance in their vision, than they are not at risk for eye health or vision problems. This is simply not true. Many vision problems and problems affecting the health of the eyes go unnoticed and undiagnosed until they begin to negatively affect a person’s day-to-day life. At the vision center, Deen-Gross Eye Centers, in Merrillville, eye exams are performed to ensure the health of a patient’s eyes. The top priorities of the eye care specialists at Deen-Gross Eye Centers is to preserve and protect the health and quality of the patient’s vision.
Why Are Regular Eye Exams Important?
Whether you wear glasses or contact lenses or you have perfect vision, you should have regular eye exams. Patients that have certain medical conditions including high blood pressure and diabetes should undergo eye exams more often than patients who are in good health. Regular eye exams are important whether a patient is in good or poor health. During an eye exam, the doctor will check for vision problems, check depth perception, check color vision, check peripheral vision, and ensure that the eyes are working together properly. The doctor will also check the eyes for disease, infection, and other conditions that may affect a person’s vision and overall health.
The loss of vision often happens so gradually that it can go unnoticed until an eye exam has been performed. During a comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will check the eyes for refractive errors. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can affect a person’s ability to see clearly, but can be corrected by wearing contact lenses or glasses. Children suffering from refractive errors often do not realize that their vision is affected. Untreated vision problems in children can negatively affect their development and cause problems in school. Men and women that are in good health and suffering from myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism may benefit from undergoing refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK.
Preserving Eye Health
Many conditions and diseases that affect the health of the eyes go unnoticed in their early stages. Glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy, among other conditions, are symptomless in the beginning stages, but have the potential to cause vision loss to occur. During an eye exam, the eye care professional will check the eyes for signs of conditions, disease, or infection that may pose a risk to a person’s vision. A measurement of the pressure within the eye as well as an evaluation of the lens of the eye and the retina will be performed. With early detection, many conditions or diseases that can rob a person of their vision can be treated before significant or severe damage has occurred. Regular eye exams help to preserve a patient’s vision.
Schedule an Examination
Undergoing regular eye exams can save a person’s vision. To learn more about the importance of eye exams, or to schedule an examination, please contact the specialists at Deen-Gross Eye Centers today.
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