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5 Reasons You Need an Eye Exam

You’ve probably heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. It turns out, eyes can be the window to a lot more, including many signs and symptoms of your overall health and wellness. If you’re still not convinced it’s time to clear your schedule and make an appointment, then keep reading and check out these five reasons you definitely need an eye exam.


To check your vision

Okay this one might be a little obvious, but yes, an eye exam can check your vision and prescribe glasses or contact lenses as required. Wearing glasses if you need them, or getting a new, updated prescription if you’re a glasses wearer, ensures you’re not causing unnecessary eye strain which can lead to headaches and fatigue. Plus, if you do need glasses, it’s the perfect time to use up any extended health benefits you may have before the new year.


Monitor your vision and eye health over time

Just like the rest of your body, your eyes change over time. Regular eye exams can monitor these changes and identify what’s normal or consistent, and what may be a new change that requires additional follow up.


Detecting eye diseases

Eye exams do a lot more than check for 20/20 vision. During the exam, your eyes will also be checked for signs of various eye disease, like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. The sooner eye issues are addressed, the sooner they can be treated and the better the outcome.


Detecting other health issues like high blood pressure or diabetes

Did you know your eyes can show signs of many other health issues like high blood pressure or diabetes? During an eye exam, the optometrist will check the tiny blood vessels in your eyes, which can often be where the first signs of many serious ailments and illnesses present.


Keeping you, and others, safe

Having proper vision is important and impacts a ton of daily tasks—like driving, working, cooking, and more. Quite frankly, we don’t want anyone behind the wheel who can’t see properly. A regular eye exam ensures your peepers are working perfectly and can help prevent accidents caused by poor or reduced vision.


So, stop waiting! Book your eye appointment today. After all, it’s a great eye-dea.