You might be wondering if it’s really all that important to have an eye exam since you just had one last year? The simple and honest answer is, yes. Our optometrist in San Antonio, Dr. Dawn Rakich, wants you to know that it’s essential to both your optimal vision and your eye health. Your eyesight needs change as time passes. What was true a year ago may be a different story now. So if you’ve never had need for corrective lenses before, this may be the moment that they can give you much needed improvement in the sharpness and clarity of your vision up close, far away, or at various distances. And even if you do wear contacts or eyeglasses, updating your prescription can be a great way to get the very most out of them.
But it’s not just seeing your best that makes comprehensive eye exams a good idea. Not everyone knows this, but many of the most common eye diseases have no symptoms to warn you in their early stages. Often, you won’t know you have a problem until damage to your eye or a loss of vision has already occurred. And it’s not uncommon for those issues to be irreversible. Eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts can happen to anyone at any age. Other conditions, such as macular degeneration, are a concern only for those 40 or older. And still others, like diabetic retinopathy, affect you if you have a specific disease elsewhere in the body. In the case of retinopathy, that would be either type one or type two diabetes. Our optometrist in San Antonio will screen you for the eye disease that are appropriate to you, using various tests to detect any signs that would indicate their presence. The good news is that positive outcomes are associated with early detection in most cases.
Your exam will also include a checkup of the parts of your eye, including the muscles and eyelids. Our optometrist in San Antonio will also test you to make sure that your eye are working well in conjunction with each other, or what is known as binocular vision. When you consider all of the benefits, there’s no reason to delay. Call us and schedule your eye exam right now.