If you’re seeing fine and aren’t experiencing any uncomfortable eye related symptoms do you really need to have a comprehensive eye exam?
The answer is yes, see why below.
How often should I get my eyes checked?
If you are younger than 40 and have no vision-related issues, your doctor may suggest you have a routine eye exam every two years. If you are 40 or older, have existing eye conditions or a family history of eye conditions you may be recommended to go more frequently.
Each individual’s circumstances are different, so always ask the advice of your eye doctor for how often you should get your eyes checked.
Why should I care about getting my eyes checked?
Not only can eye doctors pick up on eye conditions such as dry eye, vision-related issues, or cataracts but an eye exam is often the first place conditions such as glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration are picked up as well. The latter conditions, while there are currently no cures, have better outcomes if caught early, therefore early diagnosis is crucial.
Eye exams can also detect conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In some cases your eyes may be a good indicator of your overall health, so it’s important to stick to a check-up schedule recommended by your doctor.