An eye exam is as important as your yearly physical or dental exam. Eye exams allow for detecting eye conditions in their early stages. Your optometrist will also evaluate your visual acuity, as well as eye movement and alignment. Further tests help identify signs of eye disease like cataracts or glaucoma or even health problems like diabetes and heart-related ailments.
Here are four signs you need to schedule an eye exam:
1. You can’t remember when you had your last eye exam.
If you can’t remember when you last had your eyes checked, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible and then follow the recommendations of your eye doctor. Unless you have risk factors or are 65 years or older, a visit once every two years is likely enough.
2. You have a high risk of developing an eye disease.
Various factors can increase your likelihood of developing certain eye conditions. In addition to having a family history of eye disease, you should ask about having your eyes examined every year if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, have had eye surgery or eye injury in the past, or have a job that’s visually demanding.
3. You have allergies.
You might need an eye exam if you are experiencing allergic reactions, with symptoms including an itchy or burning sensation, redness and a clear, watery discharge. These can be caused by indoor or outdoor allergens or even irritants like perfume or smoke. Depending on how severe your allergy is, your doctor may prescribe over-the-counter eye drops and medications to soothe the discomfort.
4. Your vision is getting worse.
If you’re having a hard time reading texts on your mobile phone or road signs while driving, you need to see your eye doctor for prescription glasses or contacts.
Opti-Care is the leading provider of top-notch eye care services in the area. Whether you need a new pair of contact lenses or eyeglasses or check if your vision is still in good shape, we are here to help. Call (410) 795-8670 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve residents of Marriottsville and Westminster, MD.