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Eye Care Exam: Are They Important And How Often

Oct 22, 2007
Like every other part of our bodies our eyes are also subject to wear and tear be it from the ultra violet rays of the sun, pollution and dust in the air, transmittable diseases or stress from looking at a computer screen all day.

Most of us go to our family doctors to undertake a physical exam to see how our overall health is. Other people take their health for granted. Why is it then that many of us disregard our eyesight. To guarantee healthy and normal vision, an annual visit to your eye doctor for your eye care exam is necessary.

Your eyes are like your windows to the world, Our brain receives sensory information daily from our eyes therefore keeping them in an optimum shape will ensure proper signals being received by the brain and consequent action and reactions. If your vision is sub par this will obviously affect your life performance.

Eye care exams should start from a very early age, babies of 2-6 months should have their eyes checked to correct any abnormalities, children entering primary school and again when entering secondary school should undergo eye care exams which will also detect any vision problems and corrective action can be taken to rectify the problem.

As we get older it is of vital importance to have an eye care exam performed yearly because every time you visit your eye doctor they will evaluate any changes in your vision system and they can help you correct any difficulties that you may have with your sight. Early diagnosis of any potential problems will decrease the chance of severe damage to our sight.

Elderly citizens are more susceptible to vision loss, they should be aware that the probability of having vision disorders increases with age. The threat is still there even though you might not be experiencing any problem, therefore you should visit your eye doctor regularly for an eye care exam.

An eye care exam is a painless and informative method for the assessment of your eyes. The eye doctors will test your visual acuity, which is the clarity of your vision. During the eye care exam, the doctor will also check the muscles of the eyes, eye pressure, fluid circulation, retina and general condition of your eyes.. The routine eye examination is not painful or uncomfortable.

Eye Care Exam Doctors

Doctor's who specialize in the comprehensive care of the eyes and visual system in the prevention of eye disease injury is the ophthalmologist. They are medically trained specialists who can deliver total eye care exams, primary, secondary and tertiary care services and diagnose general diseases of the eyes.

Whereas the health care professional who provides only primary care services is the optometrist. Services included are the comprehensive eye health and vision examinations: treatment and diagnosis of the vision disorders and eye diseases; the detection of general health problems; they prescribe the glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation and medications.

How Often Should You Have An Eye Care Exam?

If you note that you are having eye difficulty, pain or visual disturbances or any other problem in the eyes, you should immediately see an eye doctor. However, if you are in good health and no known ailments, no vision problems, you can have an eye exam every two to four years provided your age is below forty. For people with diabetes, you need frequent eye examinations to maintain good eye health.

Remember prevention is better than a cure, so make sure you are aware of your vision and if you note any deterioration get on down and have an eye care exam.
About the Author
Paul Courtney contributes articles to various publications pertaining to Alternative Medicine, Herbal Medicine and is the main contributor to http://www.eyecareadvisory.com
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