It’s easy to forget to have an eye exam. After all, if you can see, there’s nothing that can be wrong, right? Not quite.
Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable.
A comprehensive eye exam will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Who should get their eyes examined?
Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested yearly to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning.
Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.
Keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.
Call and schedule your annual eye exam with Dr. Furman or Dr. Jackson.
With the fall sport season kicking off, does your children have all the protective gear they need to play safely? Did you know 90% of eye injuries are preventable with appropriate protective eye wear. For the month of August we are offering an amazing deal on all sports protective prescription eye wear.
For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently and protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for sports such as basketball, baseball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey. Choose eye wear that has been tested to meet safety standards.
A couple of things you can do to protect your eyes while playing sports:
1. Never play sports with your regular prescription glasses. These tend to be fragile and can shatter on impact, sending glass shards into your eyes.2. Pick sports eyewear that has padding around the eyes, brow and the bridge of the nose to prevent any skin cuts.3. See your optometrist in order to have the appropriate type of sports eyewear chosen and fitted specifically for you.4. If you have reduced vision in one eye, consider the risks of injuring the stronger eye before participating in high risk sports. Check with your optometrist to see if appropriate eye protection is available and whether or not participation is advised.
Some of the sports injuries sustained by eyes include:
– Scratched corneas- Cataracts caused by eye trauma- Swollen retinas- Fractured eye sockets
These injuries can lead to vision loss and permanent problems with eyes. Because of this, it’s a good idea to always take precautions when playing out on the field.
The eyes are perhaps the most important organs in terms of senses. By taking care of them when on the field, you can protect your eyesight for many years to come.