Although some people think visiting the eye doctor every couple of years is enough to address vision issues and update your prescription glasses or contacts, the optometrists at Mission Viejo Optometric Center actually recommend annual eye exams to protect the overall health of your eyes.
Annual eye exams are the best way for optometrist, Tanya Lau, OD, to identify potential problems that can affect your vision and eye health as early as possible. For many conditions, early intervention is the only way to increase your chances for successful recovery and prevent the loss of vision.
Additionally, yearly eye exams also offer many benefits for vision correction and ensuring your eyes are functioning optimally.
Here are four reasons why you need a yearly eye exam:
Your eyes change with your age
Every year, as you get a little older, your eyes undergo changes that can eventually lead to vision loss or chronic eye conditions.
By scheduling annual exams, Dr. Lau can carefully track and monitor those changes to stay proactive about your eye care. She also ensures your vision is good and that any prescription glasses or contacts you wear are adequate for seeing both up close and far away.
Digital complication risks
In this age of digital technology, our eyes undergo a lot of strain because of an increased reliance on computers, cell phones, tablets, and big screen televisions. Using these devices affects how you blink and can lead to chronic issues, like dry eye syndrome.
Routine eye exams every year help Dr. Lau evaluate how screen time is affecting your eye health. She can assess your eyes for signs of abnormal dryness or other issues that can become chronic.
Dr. Lau can also recommend options for protecting your vision from strain, such as special tints for your glasses or computer accessories that reduce your exposure to bright lights.
Annual sun damage concerns
Whenever you spend time in the sun, you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin and sunglasses to protect your eyes. However, not everyone focuses on shielding their eyes from sun exposure, which increases your risk for conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration.
During your annual eye exam, Dr. Lau evaluates the overall health of your eye, tracking sun-related changes that occur from one year to the next. She can help you stay proactive about protecting your eyes from the sun and recommend the right type of sunglasses to use all year long to block out harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Allergy-induced eye problems
If you have seasonal allergies, you may notice that your symptoms change or worsen from one year to the next. Allergy sufferers often have eye issues that include chronic dryness, redness, and itching.
Through annual appointments, Dr. Lau can evaluate how your allergies are affecting your eye health and help you find relief from symptoms of chronic dry eye, itching, and other eye issues that are common with allergies.
For all these reasons, you should start scheduling annual eye exams. Routine exams are the best way to stay on top of your vision changes and ensure your eyes are healthy and will stay that way for many more years to come.
Schedule your next eye exam today using the online booking feature or by calling Mission Viejo Optometric Center.