Why Are Yearly Eye Exams So Important?

By Timothy Smith, O.D.
Routine eye exams are extremely important regardless of your age or physical health. Interestingly enough, less than 50% of Americans get eye exams more frequently than every two years.

During a comprehensive eye exam at Halpern Eye Care, your doctor goes beyond just determining your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will check for common eye diseases such as cataracts, diabetes of the eye, glaucoma, high blood pressure, etc. In addition, your doctor will assess how your eyes work together as a team and ultimately determine your overall physical health state.

The eye is such an amazing organ! Did you know that the eye is the only organ in the body that we can actually see “active living tissue” without exposing you to painful procedures and expensive imaging techniques? We accomplish this by looking in the back of your eye with a lens that magnifies the structures of the eye with a dilated or non-dilated view. Dilation, now that can be a “headache”! However, at Halpern Eye Care you have the option of utilizing the state-of-the-art Optomap® Retinal exam without the fuss and worry of dilating drops and their side effects. A picture is taken of the back of the eye that allows your doctor to view a large area of the eye that can’t be seen unless you are dilated. So why is this important? As mentioned before, the eye is the only place in the body we can see “active living tissue”. As a result, we as eye doctors are sometimes the first health care providers to see the devastating effects of diabetes, hypertension, etc. on your body. And remember, if these diseases are affecting your eyes, they are also affecting your other organs as well. Your doctor at Halpern Eye Care will thoroughly assess the eye whether you choose to be dilated or view the Optomap® picture and he or she will take the time necessary to educate and inform you on your eye and overall health.

Your experience at Halpern Eye Care just doesn’t stop once the doctor leaves the room. He or she will escort you to an optician or technician who will help you find fashionable eyewear or perhaps teach you how to properly insert and remove your contact lenses. Your eye doctor may also recommend that you return within a specific time frame to have your eyes examined again.

No matter who you are or how old you are, comprehensive eye exams are crucial to seeing clearly as well as learning how to preserve and maintain not only healthy eyes, but your general health as well. Make an appointment today with one of our eye doctors, your eyes and body will thank you for a lifetime!

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