Importance of Annual Eye Exams

The Importance of Annual Eye Exams

Similar to your annual health physical and dental checkup, you need a yearly eye exam. At Advanced Eye Care Associates in Providence, our licensed optometrists can examine your eyes, diagnose conditions, and provide treatment.

Regular Eye Care for Adults

Optometry appointments are something many people tend to neglect unless there's a problem with their vision. Unfortunately, waiting until you have trouble with your sight may be too late with some conditions. At your appointment, our eye doctor can detect reductions in vision, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Early detection is essential with these conditions because they can all lead to vision loss and blindness even without treatment.

To reduce the chances of these diseases, it's essential to see an optometrist at least one time per year. If you are at high risk for glaucoma, you should have your eyes dilated yearly, and patients with diabetes also need biannual eye dilatations. Children need their first exam between the ages of three and five, and school-age kids require annual reviews to check for amblyopia, which is a leading cause of blindness in children.

Detecting Other Conditions with Routine Eye Exams

You may not know, but an optometrist can spot other diseases during an eye examination. Some of the most common conditions that raise red flags for an eye doctor include the following.

  • Thyroid Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Skin cancer

Achieve Better Vision Overnight

In optometry, orthokeratology is a process used to temporarily reshape the contour of the cornea using contact lenses while you sleep. If you have nearsightedness or myopia, its possible to treat your eyes through night correction, rather than wearing corrective lenses all of the time. If you want to stop wearing glasses or contacts without surgery, our optometrist may be able to help by fitting you with these special corrective lenses.

Contact Advanced Eye Care Associates at 401-331-2020

Our staff will schedule the next available appointment with our eye doctor in our Providence office. Following your eye exam, our optometrist can go over any questions or concerns you may have in regard to your vision health and your eyes in general. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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