Yearly eye exams are important for maintaining your vision, ensuring an accurate prescription, and monitoring your overall health. To make sure you get the most information possible about your health and your vision, ask your doctor some of these questions:
· Has my prescription changed? Though many adults’ visual prescriptions do stabilize, some continue to change. Ask your optometrist if your vision has deteriorated in any way and if you can expect it to continue this trend.
· Do I show any signs of illness? Glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration are all serious conditions that can ruin your sight, but they can be treated if caught early. You should always check with your doctor to confirm that you are not showing early symptoms of these problems. Eye exams can also reveal signs of systemic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, so ask your doctor if you are showing signs of these or other health problems.
· What lenses are best for me? Depending on your lifestyle and prescription, not all lenses may be the best choice for you. Ask your optometrist which materials or styles of lenses are recommended for your glasses so you can get the best possible results. If you wear contacts, ask for your doctor’s input about the best choice for your vision and lifestyle.
· What can I do to protect my vision? Though gradual loss of visual acuity may be unavoidable, you might be able to slow your eyes’ decline or protect them from strain. For example, if you work at a computer, your optometrist may be able to give you strategies to rest your eyes after a day of staring at the screen.
To maintain your health, make eye exams a part of your annual routine. At Wize Eyes, we offer exams for as little as $18, making them affordable and convenient. You’ll also love our friendly staff and wide selection of frames! Call (516) 358-0040 to schedule an appointment at one of our Long Island stores.