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Do I Only Need An Eye Appointment When I Have An Eye Problem?

Typically, most medical appointments are booked when a person is experiencing a problem. For example, people often tend to see their doctor when they have a cold or flu, or they suffer an accident or injury. Does the same health care concept of just treating the ailment ring true for our eyes? Should a person only see their optometrist when they have an eye problem? Well, that answer is NO! Read our blog article this week to learn why a person needs to visit their optometrist routinely. Not only when they have an eye problem! 

Eye Appointements Are Needed For More Than Just An Eye Problem!

Vision is priceless. You just can’t put a price tag on sight! Eyes are one of those things that just can’t be replaced. Because of this, it’s important to take care of the only two eyes which we are given. Doing so, will help ensure that they last us our lifetime! To make sure that your vision and eye health are at their very best, it’s important to have routine check-ups with your optometrist. It’s important to be seen regularly and not only when you have an eye problem.

What Is The Purpose of A Routine Eye Appointment?

During a routine eye exam, your optometrist will identify any changes to your vision and eye health. They will compare the results from your last appointment and will identify a need for a change in eyeglass or contact lens prescription. Should your optometrist find an eye problem during your exam, they can help create a plan of action to help treat or solve the problem. They may also change the frequency in which you need to be seen for your routine eye exam, depending on their findings during the appointment.

An Eye Exam Is More Than Just An Eyeglass Prescription

Most people think that eye exam is all about getting an updated prescription for glasses or contact lenses. But the eye exam is so much more than that! Having an up to date vision prescription is important, but ensuring your eyes are healthy is equally important! Routine eye exams ensure that your eyes are healthy. Many eye problems and diseases have no symptoms and are only detected through an eye examination by an optometrist. It is good to be proactive with your eye health and have regular appointments to check all aspects of your eyes!

The eyes are the window to your overall body health. Other body ailments, for example, heart disease and diabetes can also be detected through an eye exam!

When Should I Schedule An Eye Appointment?

Your optometrist is the best person to recommend how often you need to be seen for an eye exam. They make their recommendation based on a number of different factors. Your current and past health history, family history, vision prescription, and taking certain medications, all play into their decision. These are just some of the factors and often will determine the frequency in which they recommend you be seen.

The end of the calendar year is a great time to have an eye exam. It gives you the opportunity to use up and vision benefits or health spending account money that you may lose if not used by the end of the year!

If you are needing to book a routine eye exam or have an eye problem you need to be checked, you can conveniently do so by booking an appointment with us online! You can also call our office at (403)255-2826 during regular office hours to book a visit.

Article was written by Trina Vanaalst, registered contact lens practitioner and licensed optician.

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