Eye exams: Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late

by:  Dr. Kelly de Simone
There’s probably a little bit of procrastinator in everyone, but when it comes to eye health, you shouldn’t play the waiting game.
Annual eye exams are of critical importance, and not only for ensuring adequate vision, says Dr. Kelly de Simone, owner and optometrist at Eye Priority.
“Your vision is your number one sense, but sometimes people forget about taking care of their eyes,” she said. “It’s the dominant sense in our bodies. You shouldn’t wait until your vision is blurry.”
Annual eye exams serve to correct vision should one’s eyesight have deteriorated over the course of the year, but also work to discover and treat a number of other issues including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal scars, macular degeneration, dry eyes, and even high blood pressure and diabetes.
“Exams will tell us a lot about the health of the eyes themselves. Vision is only one small part of that,” said de Simone.
De Simone recommends patients maintain eye health throughout the year by protecting the eyes with prescription sunglasses, by ensuring they have multiple pairs of contact lenses or glasses, and by maintaining a healthy diet to ensure eye tissues receive the necessary nutrients.
At Eye Priority, exams generally span 30 minutes to an hour, and are customized to each individual patient. Patients are asked to share information related to occupation, hobbies, and personal and family medical history – all of which are helpful in determining the best route of treatment and eyewear……..
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