In honor of August being National Eye Exam Month, it's a good reminder to have regular eye exams. Take time this month to think about your vision. When was your last eye exam?
According to Think About Your Eyes, "Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning. Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children who may have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don't know what 'normal' vision looks like."
By having a regular eye exam, even when you are not having problems, it helps to ensure your vision will be maintained. Your eye care provider can decide how often you need an exam.
According to Think About Your Eyes, during your exam you will be checked for the following:
- Your ability to see close up
- Your ability to see far away
- Astigmatism: A defect in the eye or in a lens caused by a deviation from spherical curvature.
- Amblyopia: When the eyes are misaligned or when one eye has different prescription than the other.
- Strabismus: Crossed or turned eyes
- Eye diseases
- Other diseases
Vision is too important to take for granted. Schedule your eye exam soon!