It’s easy to take your eyes for granted, but you need regular optometrist checkups to keep them in good condition. No matter what age you are, these checkups are an important part of maintaining good vision and lowering your risk of having serious problems that could affect your ability to see. Learn more about why you should have your eyes checked every other year or as often as your optometrist recommends.
EARLY DETECTION OF EYE AND VISION PROBLEMS
Some eye and vision problems can slowly develop over time without causing any noticeable signs and symptoms. When these problems become serious enough, they can impact your vision and make it harder for you to see. For example, glaucoma and macular degeneration can take many years to impair your vision. Having your eyes tested for these conditions can lead to an early diagnosis and prompt care and treatment, which can prevent more severe vision problems. Some of these conditions, such as cataracts, typically develop later in life, so you might need more frequent checkups as you get older.
UP-TO-DATE CORRECTIVE LENS PRESCRIPTIONS
When you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision for farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism, it’s important to make sure that they are updated on a regular basis. Your prescription for these lenses can change over time. Without up-to-date lenses, you might end up straining your eyes when you try to read or do other activities. Having routine optometrist checkups helps ensure that you have an updated prescription for corrective lenses so that you can see clearly.