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Why Should I Have My Eyes Tested Regularly?

by Paul O’Keefe

Regular eye exams are an essential part of maintaining good vision and overall health. However, many people neglect this important aspect of self-care, either due to a lack of awareness or a belief that they don’t have any vision problems. Below are 10 good reasons highlighting the importance of regular eye examinations, including how they can detect serious health issues and prevent vision problems from spiralling out of control.

  1. Eye problems can be hard to detect and can develop slowly, making regular eye exams important.
  2. Your eyes are irreplaceable, and good vision can be taken for granted, especially by busy adults who avoid health exams.
  3. Poor vision can be dangerous when driving, and meeting legal requirements for vision is important.
  4. Good eyesight is essential for learning, and an annual eye exam before each school year can help ensure success.
  5. Eye exams can detect serious health issues, including rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorder, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
  6. Vision problems often become noticeable when reading fine print or street signs, leading people to seek corrective lenses.
  7. Early detection and intervention can prevent vision issues from spiralling out of control and help save sight.
  8. Proper eye care can improve vision and quality of life, even as eyes age.
  9. A comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to detect many vision problems, and it can alert you to health issues.
  10. Your GP (or optometrist/opthamologist) can cross-reference your medication list to identify side effects or interactions that could impact your vision.

In conclusion, taking care of your eyes with regular exams is crucial for good health and quality of life. Early detection and intervention can help prevent serious issues, and proper eye care can improve vision and overall well-being.

Be sure to ask your GP here at Premier Health Partners about having your eyes checked!

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