“I only need to make an appointment with an eye doctor if I need glasses or if I have a problem with my eyes.”
You should have annual exams with your eye doctor. If you have certain diseases or a family history, you may need to make an appointment more often. Your eyes serve as windows and often diseases are first discovered by your eye doctor.
Vision changes are often gradual. Your eyes are a powerful tool and often work together to compensate for each other if there is a problem. You may not be aware of your loss of vision until you look through a proper lens. We see many eye opening moments when corrected lenses or LASIK surgery is performed. You forget what clear vision looks like.
There are many diseases such as Glaucoma that have no warning signs. According to the American Optometric Association, Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. By visiting your eye doctor regularly, an early treatment plan can be implemented.
Advocate for yourself and your family members and see your eye doctor regularly for an exam.