Save Your Vision Month
March is National Save Your Vision Month and we want to educate and inform our customers about the importance of getting a yearly eye exam and protecting your vision.
Just as you take care of your body by eating healthy and exercising regularly, you should also care for and upkeep your eye health. Having clear vision does not necessarily mean healthy vision. Getting a yearly eye exam can prevent and detect serious eye issues such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. As we get older it is recommended that we get a yearly eye exam to make sure our prescription hasn’t changed and to be able to detect any eye issues early on.
Aside from detecting eye diseases, a regular eye exam can also help detect systemic diseases. Some of the systemic diseases that can be detected with an eye exam are hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The eye doctor can detect those conditions by looking at the blood vessels in your eye to make sure they don’t appear abnormal.
Most eye exams include:
- Visual Field Test: The most common part of your eye exam. This tests for things such as tunnel vision as well as the underlying causes if applicable.
- Glaucoma Test: This procedure tests for glaucoma. The eye doctor will administer eye drops that numb the eye to detect any symptoms of glaucoma.
- Retinoscopy: This test is most commonly used for small children and people who have problems communicating. Eye doctors use a retinoscope to shine a light into the eye, allowing the doctor to observe the reaction of the retina.
- Refraction: This test uses a refractor that is placed over the eyes of the patient as a mask. The patient observes eye charts through various lenses and allows the doctor to assess visual acuity and the strength of corrective lens the patient may need.
- Cover Test: This test is used on children to detect the presence of “lazy eye.”
- Slit Lamp Examination: This part of the exam helps detect any structural problems within the eye, that could go unnoticed otherwise. The doctor places fluorescent drops in the patient’s eyes that help the doctor examine the inner workings of the eye.
Lastly, since we live in a digital world nowadays, it’s important to also protect your vision from the digital screens and eye strain. We may not notice the effect of digital eye strain, but with time, the symptoms will begin to show in your eyesight.
Three things to remember throughout save your vision month and every day:
- Give your eyes a break: With the hecticness of everyday life and work it is easy to forget to give your eyes a break from the digital screens. Most of the time we don’t realize that our eyes can suffer from the blue light emitted from the digital screens. As mentioned before, the best way to give your eyes a break is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule states that you should stare at an object that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds, for every 20 minutes you spend staring at a screen.
- Shop Smart: Buying your eyewear online may seem like the most convenient way to buy prescription eyewear. While in most cases this is true, most of the time it can cause more damage and cost more money in the long run. Most online prescription eyewear have errors in the prescription and fails to meet the minimum safety standards.
- Don’t cut corners: Just because you can see clearly, does not mean that you should skip your yearly eye exam. It is important that you schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor every year to ensure optimal eye health.
Next time you want to overlook getting a yearly eye exam, remember all the benefits of obtaining an eye exam and schedule yours at a Stanton Optical location near you!