Why See An Eye Doctor?

When was the last time you saw your eye doctor?

You get regular physicals, see your dentist for cleanings, and never miss a mammogram – but when was the last time you saw your eye doctor? An annual eye exam is about so much more than seeing well, even if you have perfect vision and no family history of vision problems.

Your annual eye exam allows your eye doctor to stay on top of any changes in your eye health that you may not have noticed. For example, your eye doctor may be able to spot signs of eye diseases and other ocular conditions long before symptoms would have been obvious to you.

Annual eye exams give you an opportunity to speak with an eye doctor about any concerns or questions you have about your eyes and vision, allowing you to enjoy added peace of mind and confidence in your ocular health.

When eye problems are diagnosed earlier, our eye care team has a better chance of successful treatment and/or management.

An annual eye exam allows us to perform necessary screenings based on your age, eye health, and family history. For example, if you have a family history of glaucoma, we may recommend a simple glaucoma screening as part of your annual checkup.

Finally, if there are any changes in your vision (which there may be even if you don't notice them), your optometrist can make sure that your corrective vision prescription is up to date. Wearing contacts or glasses with an outdated prescription can be dangerous, after all.

Eye exams can be as important as a physical in determining your health.

These are just a few of the main reasons to schedule an eye exam annually! All too often, people will only schedule an exam when they know they need an updated prescription or when they notice signs of eye problems. However, we always recommend staying on top of your eye health just as you would your dental health with preventative care.