Don’t Think You Need an Eye Test? Why Eye Exams Matter

Many of us who don’t wear corrective lenses aren’t vigilant about getting regular eye exams, yet eye exams can detect numerous health concerns that may have gone unnoticed. The following article discusses the different reasons eye exams are as important as routine dental visits and physicals. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

You might not realize it, but your vision may not be as excellent as it used to be. A significant portion of the population – roughly 11 million U.S. residents – require some form of corrective eyewear. Even if you don’t think you need corrective lenses, you may be surprised by how imperfect your vision is once you have a test. If you strain to see small print or read street signs at a distance, corrective lenses may increase your comfort, reduce eye strain, and make you a safer driver.

Additionally, eye exams detect abnormalities that indicate potentially serious diseases of the eyes. Many eye diseases are symptomless at first, though catching them early and treating them quickly can be highly effective.

However, regular eye exams not only keep your vision and ocular health in check, they also provide early detection of potentially serious health issues. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, make an appointment to see an optometrist as soon as possible.

  • Compromised vision or vision loss
  • Persistent eye redness
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Light flashes
  • Floaters (the appearance of floating objects)

Discovering and treating eye concerns early is critical to achieving positive outcomes. A few highly treatable issues (when caught early) include:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration

There are an estimated 61 million adults in the U.S. who are currently at significant risk for vision loss, yet fewer than half have seen an optometrist or other eye care specialist within the previous year.

If you haven’t visited an optometrist or had your eyes tested within the past few years and you live in the South Florida area, please don’t hesitate to visit OptiExpress in either Ft. Myers or Cape Coral.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has been one of Ft. Myers’s most respected optometrists for more than twenty years. To book an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.