When was the last time you and your family went for eye and vision exams? If it's been a while, now is a good time to schedule appointments with Dr. Wacasey, therapeutic optometrist serving Longview, TX. Eye and vision exams are important for everyone, regardless of age or health status. Here are some of the things that make family eye and vision exams important.
They Catch Eye Conditions Early
The earlier a problem is caught, the better. That's why taking your kids to a professional optometry specialist for regular eye exams is so important. Unfortunately, vision screenings at the pediatrician's office or school only catch about half of all children's vision problems.
An eye exam can uncover issues that a basic screening might miss. For example, amblyopia, often called "lazy eye," is a condition in which the brain favors one eye over the other. It's an eye problems usually found in kids, but can be treated.
They Help Maintain Good Vision
Regular eye and vision exams are an important part of preventive health care. They can help detect eye problems at their earliest stages when they're most treatable. Eye and vision exams also may be able to detect general health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Most people should have an exam every one to two years, starting at age six. People with risk factors for eye problems, such as a family history of vision problems or diabetes, may need to have more frequent exams.
They Can Help Improve Your Overall Eye Health
Your eyes are important not just for vision but for overall health. That's why family eye and vision exams are an essential part of preventive healthcare for people of all ages. During an eye exam, our optometry specialist will not only assess your vision but can also check for common eye diseases and conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Exams can also reveal other health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer.
For children, vision therapy is especially important because it can help detect vision problems that could interfere with learning. If you have a family history of eye disease, you may be at increased risk for certain conditions and should talk to our eye doctor about how often you should have an exam.
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Eye and vision exams are important for everyone in the family. They can help catch eye conditions early, maintain good vision, and improve overall health. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wacasey, Therapeutic Optometrist in Longview, TX, for vision therapy and eye care. Call us at (903) 663-1550.