Eye Exams Are More Than Just Vision Testing
Are you straining to see or read? Having frequent headaches or finding it increasingly difficult to drive at night? Then it may be time for you to get a comprehensive eye examination. There’s an important difference between an eye exam and a vision screening.
Here’s what you need to know about getting an eye exam:
Eye exams not only test for visual impairment, they can be a first line of defense in identifying other underlying health issues. Even if you don’t “feel” like your having issues with your eyes, some conditions don’t have any noticeable symptoms and can only be identified through a full eye exam.
Here are some other signs that you may need an eye exam:
- Double vision
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty performing close-up work, such as reading or sewing.
- Changes in how you see color
- Impaired night vision, particularly when driving
- Frequent changes to your eyeglass prescription
- Issues with glare from table lamps or from the sun
- Seeing halos around lights
- Seeing a white spot or cloudy spot in the pupil (the pupil, instead of being black, appears milky or white)
- Trouble with side vision
Because Eyeglass World wants our customers to see better and live better, we endorse the recommendation of health professionals worldwide to get an annual eye exam. When you make getting your eyes checked each year a part of your annual primary care routine, you are safeguarding your vision. Why? Because better vision and eye health are a significant factor in your overall wellness. Eye exams assess your vision needs and detect potentially harmful conditions before they become serious. Find your closest Eyeglass World location to schedule an exam.*
If it’s been less than a year since you had your eyes checked but you experience changes in the way your eyes look or experience any discomfort, then don’t wait. Call and schedule an eye exam immediately.
Children's Eye Exams and Vision Testing
The same holds true for your children when it comes to properly caring for their vision. Your child may have his vision screened by a pediatrician or school nurse, but this isn’t a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.
Starting at age 6 months old, your baby should visit the optometrist to have their eye health examined. At this age, the doctor can detect and diagnose any potential vision problems that your baby may struggle with. Many vision issues affecting babies—such as lazy eyes or crossed eyes--can be corrected if diagnosed early.
Regular eye exams as your child grows will continue to ensure that they are healthy and seeing well. This becomes especially important as your child starts school. Proper focusing skills and hand-eye coordination are essential to learning and cannot be diagnosed from a vision screening alone.
Here are some signs of vision problems in children:
- Squinting of eyes, closing one eye or covering one eye
- Always holding things close to the face
- Tilting the head to one side
- Repeatedly rubbing eyes
- One or both eyes turn in or out
- Eye redness or tearing
- Difficulty reading
- Diffiulty focusing
- Complains that can’t see board in classroom
If you’ve never had your child’s eyes examined by a licensed doctor of optometry, visit your closest Eyeglass World today. It can make a huge difference in your child’s life. When children see well, they learn better.
Information for this page from www.thevisioncouncil.org.