You should schedule an eye exam every year to check your vision and your eye health. During the exam, be sure to ask the following questions to make sure you understand the results of the tests and vision exam:
Has my vision changed?
- Over the years, your vision may change. Many older people, for example, become farsighted, no matter their initial prescription. Ask your optometrist what changes he sees in your vision, how they will affect you, and if you can expect to see further changes. Your eyesight affects almost every aspect of your life, so it is vital that you understand how it is changing.
Are my eyes healthy?
- Spotting signs of eye illnesses like cataracts or glaucoma is difficult or impossible without the assistance of a doctor. Your optometrist will perform a full examination of your cornea and retina, allowing him or her to evaluate your eye health. Serious illnesses like glaucoma or retinopathy can erode your vision over time, but, without the assistance of a doctor, you will not know about them until they are irreversible. Additionally, your eyes often indicate health conditions throughout your body, like high blood pressure or diabetes, which your optometrist can alert you to.
What steps can I take to keep my eyes healthy?
- If you have signs of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, it may not be too late to take steps to improve the health of your eyes. For example, lowering your blood pressure can reduce your risk of retinopathy, and cataracts can be treated if caught early. You play an active role in protecting your eyes from disease. You should also ask about your doctor’s recommendations regarding protecting your eyes from the sun; UV rays can be very harmful to your vision.
Regular eye exams are key to your overall health. If it’s about time for your next exam, call (888) 576-3566 to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Willis-Falkenberg Eye Care. We’re conveniently located in Fredericksburg, and we have more than 40 years of experience in vision correction.