Did you know that August is National Eye Exam Month? Eyes are a very important organ, and that’s why we recommend for you and your family to schedule an annual eye exam with your optometrist as soon as possible!
During a routine eye exam, your optometrist will perform a variety of tests to make sure your eyes are healthy and functioning normally. If not, your optometrist will fit you with corrective eyewear to help you see properly. Perfect eyesight is called “20/20 vision” and represents what a person can clearly see at a distance of 20 feet. National Eye Exam Month is all about encouraging people to get their eyesight tested because seeing clearly is important.
In addition to eyesight correction, regular eye exams can help find and treat common eye disorders such as:
1. Astigmatism, which is a condition when the eye cannot focus light evenly onto the retina, and causes objects to appear blurry or stretched out.
2. Nearsightedness, which is a condition in where the light focuses in front of the retina instead of on it, and causes objects that are far away to appear blurry.
3. Farsightedness, which is a condition that is more common in younger people, and causes objects that are further away from the person to be clearer.
4. Presbyopia, which is a common condition that occurs in elderly folks, and causes an inability to focus on objects that are closest to the person.
An eye exam can also detect more serious eye disorders such as cataracts, color blindness, glaucoma, lazy eye, and retinal detachment.
Additionally, a regular eye exam can also detect other medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and even cancer.
Don’t delay seeing your optometrist for a regular eye exam during National Eye Exam Month, especially if you notice sudden changes in your vision, experience headaches, have eye pain, or notice flashes in your vision.
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