It’s essential for adults over the age of 50 to get routine eye exams due to the wide range of issues that can start to occur. Adults who are younger than 50 may still need to get frequent eye exams if they are advised by their doctor as the result of a unique risk or hereditary risk of developing an eye disorder.
Eye exams aren’t only used to check for your eye health. Research is now showing they can be used to help diagnose a wide range of other disorder’s including cognitive decline, diabetes, etc. Your doctor is trained to look for these signs and other illnesses.
Frequent eye exams are necessary to detect glaucoma
Glaucoma is an increase of pressure within the eye. In the early stages of glaucoma there are no symptoms or pain to let the patient know something is wrong. Glaucoma can lead to blindness if left untreated. Around 10 percent of those with glaucoma, who receive adequate treatment, may still experience some loss of vision.
Regular eye exams can also catch diabetic retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is another eye disease that does not have any early warning symptoms or signs. However, it is the main cause of blindness in adults. Annual eye exams can also detect this eye disease in its early stages so that it can be treated. Eye exams are also important for identifying a host of other eye problems like cataracts, macular degeneration, and more. Be sure to maintain your physician recommended eye exam schedule.