Most of us get our cars serviced annually to make sure it runs smoothly. We also visit a dentist regularly to get our teeth cleaned. But how many of us get our eyes checked each year? Many people wait until they notice a change in vision to see a doctor. But eye problems are often silent, meaning they have no symptoms which can be dangerous.
You've probably heard the saying that your eyes are the window to the soul. They're also a very effective window to our overall health. The importance of an annual eye exam goes well beyond just making sure your vision isn't blurry. Optometrists can often see problems like diabetes, cancer, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol in your eyes. Often times people first learn they have a serious health condition, not from their primary care provider, but from a routine eye exam.
During your comprehensive eye exam at Isthmus Eye care, our doctors will evaluate your eyes front to back. They will look for signs of dryness and eyelid issues to signs of high blood pressure and early diabetes. The evaluation of the health and condition of the blood vessels in your retina are a good predictor of the health of your blood vessels throughout your body. The use of Optomap retinal imaging in conjunction with a dilated exam allows us to detect small changes year by year that could otherwise go unnoticed.
Recently, a Houston based optometrist found a brain aneurysm saving a woman's life, which is just one story of many around the country. Even if you've had laser vision surgery or have naturally good vision, you still need an annual eye exam to rule out other eye health concerns. Eye exams for children are very important to insure your child's eyes are healthy and have no vision problems that could interfere with school performance. Infants should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age, children should have additional eye exams at age 3 and just before starting school. For school-aged children where no vision correction is required an eye exam every two years and is recommended annually for those who need corrective lenses. It is recommended that adults have eye exams annually as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease all increase after age 40.
The doctors at Isthmus Eye Care put the health of your eyes first to ensure your vision and eye health won't slow you down as you age. Contact us to make an appointment today.