When your eyes are operating as they should, it's often easy to forego a regular eye exam, especially when you're busy with work, school, and/or kids. After all, if you don't have any problems seeing, why take the time out of your schedule to go to an eye doctor? Actually, there are many reasons.
Regular eye exams are important because many eye diseases don't have apparent symptoms but can have serious effects. Your eyes could be suffering from something easily taken care of, but you wouldn't know it until it's too late. It takes an experienced optometrist who knows your vision history to notice changes in your eyes that could be affecting your vision and to then take steps to address those problems. Among the most common problems our optometrist can detect are:
- Glaucoma - Sometimes called the “sneak thief of sight,” glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in Americans and can develop without any signs.
- Cataracts – This condition refers to a clouding of the eye lens that impairs vision. Cataracts occur in about 91% of Americans over the age of 75.
- Improper prescription use – Vision changes can happen gradually over time, and you may not be aware your vision has changed because we tend to adjust to what we see on a daily basis. Continued use of out-of-date prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses can prompt you to squint and can lead to constant headaches as you try to bring into focus everything around you.
To preserve your eye health, schedule an eye exam by contacting the Northeastern Eye Institute in Wilkes-Barre today at 800-334-2233 or by using the form on this page. We also maintain offices in Scranton, Carbondale, and several other NEPA locations.