When’s the last time you had a vision exam? If you’re slow to answer or can’t remember, it’s likely time to schedule your next appointment. Getting comprehensive eye exams should be a regular occurrence. Vision exams can help your optometrist detect vision health issues, it can reveal important broad health information, and you can affirm that your eyesight is healthy. If you find that it’s in decline, you can take the necessary steps to fix it: like getting glasses or contacts. But, first things first: you need to make an appointment with your optometrist.
Need more reasons to jump on it? Here’s a bunch:
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1. You haven’t been in a while
If you haven’t been in to see your optometrist in a while, that’s reason enough to make an appointment today. You should be getting yearly eye exams. If you’re missing that mark, change things today.
2. You have questions about your vision
Are you squinting often? Have mildly blurry vision from time to time? Do you see double after exercising? Any question you have about your vision should be answered by a certified optometrist during an eye exam. Your vision is precious. If you have questions, go to the expert for answers.
3. You’re having difficult seeing far or near
Whether you can’t make out the words in your book or can’t see the street sign in the distance (or both), any compromised vision means that it’s time to set an appointment for an eye exam. Trying to tough it out through declining vision can be dangerous and exhausting. If you notice you can’t see like you used to, make an appointment.
4. You want new glasses or need contacts
If you’re interested in a new pair of glasses or need to order more contacts, you’ll need to schedule an eye exam. That way, your optometrist can confirm that your prescription is up to date. Depending on where you go for your exam, you may also be able to find new glasses or order new contacts that same day.
5. Your eyes feel agitated
If your eyes consistently feel tired and agitated, it’s time to make an appointment with your optometrist. Whether the irritation is caused by hours of screen time, a lack of sleep, chlorine or another irritant, or something else entirely, your optometrist will want to hear what you have to say and take a look to see what’s going wrong.
6. You’re struggling with color
Watching the sports on TV and can’t tell the red team from the green team? You may be color blind. If you think that may be the case, schedule a vision exam and talk to your optometrist about what’s going on.
7. You notice an abnormality
No one sees you more often than you. If you notice any abnormality (redness, swelling, tearing up, dry eyes, or a growth (like pinguecula)), make an appointment and point it out to your optometrist. If something looks “off,” it’s best to address it right away.
8. You’re about to start a new activity
If you’re heading back to school or starting a new contact sport, it’s a good idea to see your optometrist first. He or she can evaluate your eyes and make sure that your vision is up to the task. For school, it’s important to be able to see all learning materials clearly. For sports, your optometrist can assess the risk and recommend eye protection.
9. You’re a child and you’ve never been
If you’re really young and you’ve never been to the optometrist, now is the time to start that relationship and pursue ‘Vision For Life.’ It’s never too early to take care of your vision. If your child hasn’t had a vision exam, set up an appointment for them today.
10. You’re getting older and seeing is harder
As you age, it’s important to keep a close eye on your vision. There are vision diseases that become more common in older age and need to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. By making frequent visits to your optometrist, you can get help when you need it.