You’re sitting at home, sitting directly in front of your plasma Tv, getting a quick game of Call of Duty in with your buddy from school. In between kills, you notice your vision getting blurry and you start to squint at the screen. Soon you start to experience a mild headache, but you ignore it. You stay on the game for two more hours before you call it a night. You never do anything about that headache. You think if you sleep it off, it’s all good. You never say anything about your eyes, either, but somewhere in the back of your mind, you’re probably asking, why don’t I see an optometrist?
CDC surveys show that large amounts of people that have problems with their eyesight don’t visit eye doctors because their health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of treatments. An optometrist is someone who specializes in examining the eyes for visual defects and prescribing corrective lenses. Eye doctors benefit you from future health problems, and here are three reasons you need an optometrist:
Of all the serious eye diseases, glaucoma is probably the least noticeable to the infected. This is because there are no real symptoms of glaucoma in its early stages. No one can alert you when something’s wrong. People who don’t get regular eye exams by a professional optometrist don’t know they have it until they have permanent vision loss. By this time, preventing glaucoma to affect the eyes further becomes difficult. Without professional assistance and surgery, you can go blind.
With regular vision exams by an optometrist, these types of diseases can be detected sooner.
2. Helps you succeed in school
Experts say 80 percent of what children learn in and out of school requires good vision. Regular eye exams are the only way children can be properly seated in the classroom. So parents, make sure you’re keeping up with how many times your child sees an optometrist.
3. Prevents other serious health diseases
Did you know that people usually learn they have diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer from routine eye exams?
Our eyes are a direct reflection of our health, and believe it or not, if your eyes aren’t great then neither are you.
During a professional eye exam, your optometrist can observe and evaluate the blood vessels in our retina, which predict the health of the blood vessels in the rest of your body. Conditions like diabetes are visible by the changes in the appearance of the retinal blood supply and blood vessel.