Understanding Eye Exams
One of the most common misconceptions that people have about eye exams is that they are the same as vision tests, which are sometimes called visual acuity tests or a vision screening. A vision screening involves reading a Snellen chart. You have probably had a vision screening when you were updating your prescription or even renewing your driver’s license. However, a vision screening is not the same thing as an eye exam. While a comprehensive eye exam may include a vision screening, it’s important to know that the two are not interchangeable. In the following post, we will provide some more information about eye exams and explain why they are important. If you are ready for a comprehensive exam, reach out to us here at Northwest Eye Center!
Why Eye Tests Are Important
It can be very easy to put off getting a comprehensive eye exam. After all, it’s very rare that your vision or eye health changes drastically from one day to the next. Changes in vision and eye health are often very gradual, so most of the time, it’s hard to tell that there’s any difference at all. But your eyes are too important to leave to chance. Consider the following reasons why eye exams are so important:
- They Catch Related Medical Issues – Most people think an eye doctor can only catch problems related to the eyes. That is not the case. Did you know that an eye doctor can spot signs of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, lupus, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, Lyme disease, and more? Blurred vision is a symptom of many of these conditions, and your eye doctor can help catch them.
- They’re Important for Kids – Having your child’s eyes examined before they are 12 months old, once again between the ages of 3 and 5, and before they start school is also very important. Poor vision or untreated eye problems can affect scholastic performance and cause your child to fall behind in school.
- Various Eye Issues – Most people think that eye issues are related to what you can see directly in front of you. The truth is that there are eye issues that affect your night vision and peripheral vision – putting you at greater risk for auto accidents and falls.
Contact Northwest Eye Center for an Eye Exam
These are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t hesitate to schedule an eye exam. Besides the above points, you depend on the health and good use of your eyes every single day of your life. Let the professionals here at Northwest Eye Center give you a comprehensive eye exam. Our team will put you at ease and work with you on a solution should any issues be detected. Don’t put it off for another day. Call us to schedule an appointment today!