Consistent Vision Check Ups Are a Must
Clear vision is one of the most important factors in general well being and quality of life. Many daily activities that we may take for granted hinge on the ability to see clearly. The effects of poor vision can lead to difficulties with study and work. Sooner or later, almost everyone needs to use eyeglasses.
Adults only tend to see an eye doctor when they experience a loss of vision or trauma to their eye. However, eye checks should be scheduled regularly as early detection of eye diseases by an ophthalmologist or eye care professional is possible even when a condition is not apparent to the potential sufferer. For example, comprehensive eye exams can reveal brain tumors and eye damage caused by diabetes, which is a leading cause of blindness.
Vision Screening in Children is Important
Several studies show that 25% of children have vision problems, and that close to half of parents with children under the age of 13 have not yet taken their child to an eye specialist for a check-up. Generally, schools that offer vision screening detect the commonest of eye issues.
General consensus shows that babies who fall between the ages of six months need to consult specialists, who can examine their eyes. The pediatrician performs a few simple tests to ensure:
- the baby can track objects properly
- light is reaching the retina
- there is no evidence of the eyes crossing
Even if an infant’s eyes are fine, they should be seen again at 3 years old, and at around the age of 5. Health care professionals stress that the child’s doctor should be consulted as soon as possible if parents suspect vision issues. Eye diseases that are caught early enough (before 5 years old) are mostly treatable. However, if ophthalmic problems are left untreated until the child is 8 or 9 years of age, their vision is likely to be adversely affected for the rest of their lives.
Make eye exams a part of your and your family’s health care routine. Just like annual visits to the family doctor and dentist, be sure to schedule a regular appointment with an optometrist.