5 reasons to visit your optometrist

Healthy eyes are just as important as any other check up. Here’s why you should visit your optometrist often as you can.

Healthy eyes are just as important as any other check up. Here are reasons why you should visit your optometrist often as you can.

5 eye- opening reasons to visit your optometrist this monthWhile we take ourselves and our kids to the doctor for check-ups, we sometimes tend to overlook our general eye e-health.

Here are 5 reasons to visit your optometrist:

  • Look into my eyes. During an eye test, your optometrist doesn’t just examine the quality of your vision and whether you need glasses or not. According to optometrists at Mellins i-Style, the check also includes a general health check for any injury and early signs of eye conditions – like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. In fact, optometrists are often the first to detect chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes just from looking in your eyes.
  • ‘Learning’ to see. Eye examinations are just as important for your kids as they are for you. Research shows that vision is closely linked to the learning process. Kids with undetected vision problems will struggle at school.  Because your child doesn’t know what ‘normal’ vision is, they may not complain about vision problems.
  • What’s your schedule? We all know we should visit the optometrist every two years, but you need to go more often when you’re over 40, have diabetes,  or there’s a family history of glaucoma.
  • Eating for vision. If you want better eye sight, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and Vitamin C and E will help – so lots of leafy veg, fish, nuts and citrus fruits.  There are also vitamins formulated for eye health available from your pharmacy. Discuss these with your optometrist.
  • Change your lifestyle.  Working in front of a computer screen for too long can cause eye -strain, blurry vision, dry eyes and headaches.  Ask your optometrist if you need a prescription lens that helps with contrast or glare. If you work outdoors a lot, prescription sunglasses are also a good idea.
  • Remember a basic vision screening, like those done when you renew your driving license or by a school nurse, are no substitute for a proper professional eye exam with your optometrist.
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