Keeping Your Eyes in Check – Why Eye Health is Important

Although our vision is essential to performing a huge range of tasks, many of us do not actively maintain our eye health by getting regular eye exams. The following article discusses the reasons why having periodic eye exams not only preserves our vision, it helps maintain our comprehensive physical health. OptiExpress is Cape Coral’s premier eye care resource, providing comprehensive eye health services to diverse South Florida patients.

We view visiting the dentist or getting regular physicals as being normal parts of maintaining our health, but unless we have troubles with our vision, we don’t necessarily visit the eye doctor. However, even if you’ve never had to wear corrective lenses, yearly eye exams are nonetheless essential for ensuring your vision stays healthy and clear, and to check for additional health concerns that may be otherwise missed.

Your Eyes: Windows to Your Health

Diseases of the eyes are surprisingly common and many are symptomless. Early detection is key to successful treatment. Additionally, dilated eye exams allow your doctor to detect early signs of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Additional tests may include checks for visual acuity and depth perception, the alignment of the eyes, and eye movement. These tests can uncover the following eye conditions that can cause loss of vision:

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration

In the United States, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy are the leading causes of vision loss and blindness, and more than 60 million American adults are at high risk for vision deterioration, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Have Your Children’s Eyes Checked

Getting your child’s eyes tested, regardless of whether they have noticeable signs of vision impairment, is essential for his/her healthy optical development. Unfortunately, more than 85 percent of preschool-aged children do not get eye exams, and visual problems that go undetected can harm a child’s ability to succeed in school. A thorough eye exam can alert you to existing and potential vision problems.

Have your child’s vision checked yearly since children’s eyes develop very quickly, and problems can arise very suddenly. A child’s first eye exam should be between the ages of 3 and 5 years.

When to See Your Eye Doctor

In addition to having your vision tested yearly, visit an eye doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Vision loss or blurriness
  • Persistent eye redness
  • Eye pain
  • Double vision
  • Light flashes

If you have diabetes or have a family history of glaucoma, you should schedule a dilated eye test every two years.

Keeping your eyes healthy can maintain and even significantly improve your quality of life. If you are in the Cape Coral or Fort Myers communities and are concerned about your vision, please don’t hesitate to visit one of OptiExpress’s family-friendly eye care centers. Founded by Dr. J. Michael Witherington, winner of Cape Coral’s “Best Optometrist” award for three consecutive years, OptiExpress offers excellent comprehensive eye exam and corrective lens packages, a one-hour lab, and a huge selection of designer eyeglasses.

To schedule an appointment or find an OptiExpress location near you, please visit our contact page.