January is the ideal time to start getting eye exams


We have previously written about August being National Eye Exam Month, but January is another great month to get this important annual exam done.

August is considered the “Eye Exam Month” because it’s when kids begin to go back to school and it serves as a great reminder for parents to have their child’s eyes checked.

If you don’t have a child, January may be the ideal month to schedule your annual eye exam. Just remember, “a new year, a new eye exam.” It won’t be hard to forget.

Eye exams are often pushed aside by people with great vision and even those with poor sight, but as noted by AllAboutVision.com, routine exams are important regardless of age or physical health.

The eye doctors, including the ones at Performance Eyecare, do much more than determine your prescription, if any, for eyeglasses or contact lenses during your eye exam. They also check them for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Eye doctors are often the first health care professionals to detect chronic systematic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

So what does the eye doctor check for during your eye exam? As mentioned above, it’s more than you think.

Eye doctors check the eyes for refractive error, which refers to nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. This can be corrected with eye glasses, contacts or surgery.

They also check for amblyopia, which occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. In addition, they can check for strabismus (crossed or turned eyes), eye teaming problems, focusing problems, eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and other diseases.

Be sure to schedule an eye exam soon, especially if you haven’t one in over a year by calling Performance Eyecare at (314) 878-1377 (St. Louis location) or (618) 234-3053 (Swansea, Illinois location).

More information: http://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-exam/importance.htm