I Have Normal Vision…Why is an Eye Exam Necessary?

eye exams_Downtown Eye CareIf it’s been awhile since your last eye exam, our team at Downtown Eye Care in Des Moines, IA wants to share with you why regular eye exams are necessary, even if your vision seems normal. You see, regular professional eye exams are the only way to check for a number of different eye-related health problems, including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.

Even if you don’t have symptoms of these problems now, a board-certified ophthalmologist like Dr. Barbara Evans at Downtown Eye Care can diagnose eye-related health problems in their early stages and suggest treatments that can save your vision. We recommend that adults come in for an eye exam at least once every two years, and annually after turning 60.

Overall Health Can Affect Eye Health

If you have a family history of diabetes, inflammatory disease, or hypertension, it’s imperative that you have regular eye exams, because these overall health conditions can have serious effects on your vision. Diseases like glaucoma may show no symptoms at all until sight is already lost, at which point the condition is irreversible.

Regular comprehensive eye exams can help diagnose this and other problems in their early stages, when conditions can be treated and managed effectively.

Your Environment Can Lead to Vision Problems

Whether you spend long hours in front of a computer screen, your career involves a lot of reading, or you simply work in a brightly-lit environment, eye strain can cause vision problems as well that can only be diagnosed correctly with regular eye exams. Vision problems caused by these kinds of conditions are often slow-developing and can go unnoticed, and this makes eye exams even more important to track the health of your eyes over time.

If you do notice a change in your vision, whether you find yourself squinting more often, find it hard to focus your vision while reading, or you just find yourself straining more than usual to see things that didn’t used to cause you trouble, it’s time to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Evans at Downtown Eye Care.

When to Schedule Your Eye Exam

If you have normal vision and no family history of eye health problems, our team recommends scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years. On the other hand, if you have a vision problem or an overall health condition that could lead to vision problems down the road, you should schedule eye exams annually. This also applies to those who wear glasses or contacts.

If you have diabetes, you may need to schedule comprehensive eye exams two or three times a year, depending on how well your blood sugar levels are controlled.

Contact Downtown Eye Care at (515) 281-0902

We here at Downtown Eye Care hope that this article has answered your questions about the importance of regular eye exams. Even if you aren’t showing signs of vision problems, an eye exam can be instrumental in diagnosing issues in their early stages, before they lead to serious complications. Give our team a call today at (515) 281-0902 to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Evans.