The Importance of Having Regular Eye Exams Even if You Have Perfect Vision

Regular eye exams are part of good health care, even if you have perfect vision. Dr. Anup Deol at Eyecare Center of Snohomish wants to help you keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp, and comprehensive eye exams are one way to make that happen.

But I don’t need glasses! 

When you think about your eyes, you probably automatically think about vision, so it’s natural to assume that an eye exam revolves around your vision. And for the 188 million or so Americans who need vision correction, it’s comforting to have regular checkups.

Even if you don’t need vision correction aids like eyeglasses or contacts now, you still need regular eye exams because Dr. Deol looks at so much more during an exam than simply how well you see.

Dilation reveals so much

Your eyes may or may not be the window to your soul, but there’s little doubt that they’re a window into your health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your pupils — the black parts in the center of your eyes — are dilated. When your eyes are dilated, Dr. Deol can gather a great deal of information. 

There are several common diseases of the eye that can be stopped or reversed if they’re caught early, including: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that an estimated 61 million American adults are at high risk for vision loss, yet only half saw an eye doctor in the past year. 

In addition to detecting diseases of the eye, regular eye exams can reveal symptoms of other problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or multiple sclerosis.

Age matters in eye exam frequency

Children between the ages of 3 and 5 should have at least one eye exam. After that, they should have an eye exam every year or every other year. 

When you’re in your 20s and 30s, and if you don’t have vision problems, you can have an exam every five to 10 years. Once you reach your 40s and until you’re 54, you should get an exam every two to four years. Between ages 55 and 64, you should visit your eye doctor every one to three years. Once you’re 65, you should have an exam at least every other year. 

See a doctor more often when you need it

If you have certain symptoms like decreased vision, seeing flashing lights, or feeling pain in your eyes, you should visit Dr. Deol sooner. Regular exams are important, but it’s also important to have your eyes checked in between regular visits if you’re having problems or unusual symptoms.

If you’d like to learn more about the importance of regular eye exams, or you have specific questions about your vision or eye health, book an appointment at Eyecare Center of Snohomish. You can use our convenient scheduling tool to book online, or you’re welcome to call us at 360-568-1221 between 9am and 6pm, Monday through Thursday.

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