Our eyes are constantly changing as we age. These changes are very small and incremental and because of that, our brain is able to adapt to the changes in eyes so they continue to work, day over day. However, the brain can only do so much and our ability to see may become affected. When this happens, symptoms like blurriness, difficulty seeing at night while driving or headaches after reading may occur. Having a comprehensive checkup to establish a baseline of your current eyesight is important. A yearly comprehensive examination will enable us to monitor your vision and well being.
What can I do if I am having problems with my eyesight?
The first thing to consider is to see one of our eye doctors in Centerville, OH. With our comprehensive eye checkup, we will identify the problems you are experiencing and should be able to prescribe the proper glasses or contact lenses to allow you see clearly.
If your vision problems are due to an eye disease, we may prescribe ocular medications or recommend other treatments. If your condition warrants a specialist, we will provide a free referral.
How often do I need a comprehensive eye exam?
As stated earlier, your eyes change constantly therefore, we recommend a yearly comprehensive eye examination. Getting a comprehensive checkup every year will allow us to ensure that your prescription is up to date, giving your the clearest vision possible. It also allows you to receive an updated prescription for your contact lenses or eyeglasses. Annual exams also catch any kind of ocular condition before it becomes a serious problem.
People ask if we offer free examinations and unfortunately the answer is no. Locations that offer free checkups do not cover all of the points that we do. If you are considering a free eyesight exam, we would ask you to reconsider. Keep reading this page and ask the provider of a free exam if they screen for all the following the areas that our eye doctors take into consideration:
Silent Eye Diseases
Glaucoma is the most well known “silent” eye disease. It is referred to as the silent thief of sight because glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms. Other eye illnesses that fall into this category are cataracts, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. Annual eye exams are not just for getting a contact lens or eyeglass script, they are the best weapon for fighting against these types of issues, allowing your eye doctor to find early warning signs. Early detection greatly improves the probabilities of a successful treatment.
Non-Vision Health Alerts
Did you know that your eyes are a window into your overall health? Your Centerville eye doctor can see your body’s blood vessels during an eye exam. Eye exams are the only type of medical exam that allows a doctor to see blood vessels in an non-invasive manner. This ability to check blood vessels allows us to check for signs of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes/pre-diabetes and other health conditions. The early warning signs for many diseases appear in blood vessels before they become symptomatic in patients. This is why an annual comprehensive eye exam is important. In fact, we like to consider it an excellent manner of preventive care.
Can you imagine trying to learn without being able to see the chalkboard or having blurry vision while trying to read a book? A comprehensive eye exam is especially important for young children, pre-teens and teenagers. There have been estimates that 80% of children’s learning is done via eyesight. Eye exams can help to detect any issues that may cause poor school performance. Eye exams in young children can also detect conditions like “lazy eye”. This condition should be treated at a young age and if it is not treated, it may become irreversible. We can also help your child with contact lenses and determine if they really should be wearing contact lenses or if they are better suited to wear eyeglasses.
Computer Eye Strain, Computer Vision Syndrome
The amount of “screen” time that we all have today is unprecedented. Computers, smart phones, tablets, internet usage, etc has become such an integral part of our lives. We are designed to focus and see three dimensional objects, not to be focusing on a flat screen for hours upon hours. Extended screen time can actually cause a decrease in blink rates, and possibly increase nearsighted prescriptions. Our modern way of living and using technology can create blurriness and dry-eye syndrome. Schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors to discuss the best ways to reduce eyestrain in circumstances of extended screen time use.
Age Related Eye Care
Failing eyes do not need to be a part of aging. Annual eye exams can help prevent or treat problems such as glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic eye disease. In fact, early detection of diseases like macular degeneration can help to prevent prevent blindness. Having the best possible sight greatly improves our patient’s overall quality of life and that can be accomplished through annual eye exams. These types of health checks are not available via free exams.
Click to return to our eye care services page.