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Published on March 13, 2019

Keep Your Vision Strong

Photo of dad and daughter in eye glasses

Photo of dad and daughter in eye glassesVision—it’s one of the five senses we all rely on. This is why keeping up with annual eye exams to ensure that your eyes are performing properly, is important.

Why are annual eye exams important?

Many types of disorders can occur in the eyes which will affect your vision. Annual eye exams can detect problems that may not be noticeable upon first glance. During an exam, an optometrist or ophthalmologist will measure your vision and note any personal or family medical history that may affect your eye sight. “Eye conditions are not the only complications that can affect vision. Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other factors may also contribute to vision loss,” says PIH Health Optometrist Nathan Hinds OD.

When should I get an eye exam?

Infants as young as six months should have their first comprehensive eye exam. Individuals three-years old and over should schedule annual eye exams. School-aged children may have problems learning or paying attention in class if their eyes are not functioning properly. And as we get older our eyes become more susceptible to certain diseases. People over the age of 40 may experience age-related macular degeneration (significant vision loss), cataracts, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. Staying up-to-date with annual vision checks will make it easier to treat conditions as they arise.

Do you wear contacts?

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, make sure to bring them to your appointment. The eye doctor will want to make sure the prescriptions in the lenses are current. You will want to remove contact lenses, but make sure to have them handy in case the doctor has any questions. You can learn more about eye health by visiting our blog Healthy Living Online and reading Taking Good Care of Your Eyes and Contact Lenses or Tips to Prevent Digital Eye Strain.

To schedule an appointment with a PIH Health Optometrist or Ophthalmologist, visit PIH Health.org/Find-a-Doctor.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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