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It might sound cliché, but your eyes are truly windows into your soul. People use that expression to talk about the impressions they get when they look into someone else’s eyes. However, your eyes are like a two-way window. They tell people about you and impact how you see the world around you. Vision connects you to your surroundings, helps you protect yourself, and allows you to take in information when you read.
There are so many reasons why you should have annual eye exams beyond making sure that your vision is not blurry. Here are some of the most important reasons.
It’s estimated that seven million people in the United States have glaucoma, another seven million have vision issues connected to diabetes, one million have age-related macular degeneration, and 24 million have cataracts. Many of these diseases give no early warning. By the time they affect your vision, it’s too late. However, your doctor can detect signs of disease early during an exam.
Nearsightedness, problems focusing, strabismus, and amblyopia are all conditions that can affect your vision. Many of them can only be accurately diagnosed during an eye exam.
There may be other medical conditions, including high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, and diabetes, that your doctor will identify early by examining your eyes.
Scheduling an annual eye exam is an important part of maintaining your health. But there may be other circumstances that require you to schedule an eye exam. The key is to act early.
As people age, it’s understood that their vision will go through changes. Their eyes may take longer to adjust to changes in light levels, or they may need more light to read. This is an unfortunate part of the aging process. But each one of these symptoms show something that is more serious. Schedule an eye appointment if:
• Your vision becomes suddenly blurred
• You experience black spots or floaters
• You see double. This is especially important if you been using your eyes extensively
• Your eyes are constantly watering
• Your eyes are red or eyelids are swollen
• You are constantly tripping over things or bumping into things
• It has become difficult to recognize faces, read, or watch television
In addition to allowing you to see, your eyes affect how other people see you. Research says that one of the first things people see when they look at you is your eyes. And they make several determinations about you based on what they see.
Getting colored contact lenses allows you to change the color of your eyes, complement your makeup, and revamp your look. You can purchase color contact lenses in a variety of colors and hues. Friends and family will probably be surprised when they see you wearing a bewitching color of contact lenses.
Color contacts work differently than prescription lenses. They are not designed to improve vision impairment. They are only designed to be cosmetic. The colors available for contact lenses range from normal eye colors to awe-inspiring neon colors that are sure to make an unforgettable impact.
There are certain symptoms that could require you to seek urgent care to protect your vision. These include sudden eye pain, severe eye pain, or light flashes that appear out of the blue.
Other issues could include one of your eyes suddenly becoming bright red. Or it could feel like a curtain is closing from the side over one of your eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with an urgent condition. It is imperative that you talk to your eye doctor immediately. If you can’t talk to your doctor, speak to another medical professional to get immediate care.
Your eyes play a vital role in how you see the world and how the world sees you. Take care of your eyes. They are the only ones that you have. By scheduling regular eye visits, you can save your vision and maybe catch a serious infirmity before it causes permanent vision issues.