Protecting your eyes with ultraviolet (UV) protective sunglasses, keeping glasses and contact lenses clean, and updating your prescription are a few ways to maintain the health of your eyes.
Getting a regular eye exam is one of the most important steps you can take for your eye health. Even if you have clear vision, going to an optometrist every few years, or more frequently based on age, ensures any refractive errors are treated, so you have updated prescriptions to manage nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.
An eye exam will also detect the development of any conditions that could lead to blindness later in life. Cataracts and glaucoma are two of the most common conditions that can progress to significant vision loss, including blindness. Optometrists can recognize symptoms of these conditions well before cloudy spots on your cornea or high fluid pressure in the vitreous humor of your eye begin to cause damage.
Healthy eyesight processes the world around you, so proper vision care is essentially preventative medicine. Your eye is a complex organ, and if something inside the eye changes, it could have repercussions many years later.
Your optometrist will conduct a series of tests. Based on the results, they will determine how often you need eye exams to monitor progressive conditions and if you need any medications or surgery to improve your vision.
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Eye Exam. (February 2019). Mayo Clinic.
Facts About Cataracts. (September 2015). National Eye Institute.
Facts About Glaucoma. (September 2015). National Eye Institute.