Eyes are the windows into the body and annual eye exams are recommended for everyone regardless of age or health. Even so, many people with 20/20 vision skip their recommended annual eye exam. But having 20/20 vision doesn’t necessarily mean perfect vision or perfect overall health. Today Tri-County Eye Clinic shines a light on why even those with 20/20 vision need to keep that eye exam on the books.
What does 20/20 vision mean?
If you’ve left your eye exam with a resounding “20/20” you may have felt pretty lucky. But what does this mean? 20/20 vision means that you can see clearly at 20 feet what should otherwise be seen from afar. It refers to sharpness. But there are other factors at play in your eye health. These include depth perception, eye coordination, color vision and even cognitive ability. So while getting a 20/20 exam is certainly good news it isn’t a reason to skip the next scheduled eye exam.
Not having any eye issues is not a reason to skip your routine eye exam.
Eye diseases caught early
Regular eye exams can uncover eye health issues that may not even be symptomatic-yet. Here are four common diseases of the eye that can be caught early with a regular eye exam but that may not show any symptoms until the disease is very far along.
One of the most frightening parts of glaucoma is that it is primarily an asymptomatic disease (you will not experience any symptoms), but will lead to significant loss of vision peripherally. In some rarer cases, sudden blurry vision will occur leading people to the emergency room. But for most of us, glaucoma is caught through an eye exam or too late when vision is deteriorated.
You may have known someone with advanced cataracts and have seen that in some cases there is a cloudy appearance to one or both eyes. This is how patients with cataracts describe their loss of vision: “like looking through cloudy glass.” Cataract sufferers also have increased sensitivity to indoor and outdoor natural and artificial light, even at night as well as reduced color vision.
Macular Degeneration is a slow, painless loss of vision with fuzzy or distorted vision in the central area of sight.
Digital eye fatigue
This is becoming more common as our society becomes more digital at the speed of light. With more of us, of all ages, spending more time in front of phone and computer screens, digital eye fatigue is one condition there are more diagnoses of every year. But you may find yourself tempted to chalk the symptoms of this condition up to a long day. Digital eye fatigue can become serious and two common symptoms that can lead to misdiagnosis are neck and shoulder pain and headaches.
Other health issues
Regular eye exams can also uncover health issues you didn’t even know you had. People in seemingly perfect health have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes from a regular eye exam. These are two serious health conditions. One reason for this is that our eyes give a very clear view of blood vessels almost impossible to see otherwise from the outside of our bodies. Which gives your eye provider keen insight into how your body is functioning or struggling in almost every area of health.
Be proactive. Routine exams catch issues early. Tri-County Eye Clinic can schedule an eye exam for you and your whole family today.
If you have recently noticed a decline in the quality of your eyesight, then visit Tri-County Eye Clinic. We offer a wide range of vision products and services in Biloxi, Mississippi and the surrounding area.
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15122 Dedeaux Rd
Gulfport, MS 39503
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431 Bertucci Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531
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