2021 is hours away! At Spectrum Eye Care, located in Colorado Springs, we’re sure that you’re just as relieved for 2020 to be over as we are. Even though 2020 was a successful year for many of us, there were various issues that we’re looking forward to putting behind us.
So as we’re all looking to the future, many of us may be putting together a list of New Year’s Resolutions. Whether it’s going to the gym, sticking to a diet, or starting a mindfulness practice, it’s common for people to include resolutions that aim to improve their health. But, as eye doctors, we think there’s one thing that you should definitely include on your list: an eye exam. Getting an eye exam is a quick way to determine the health of your eyes and to check for any underlying health issues.
Here Are a Few Reasons to Include an Eye Exam in Your New Year’s Resolutions
Determine if You Need Glasses
Needing glasses isn’t always obvious, so even if you think your vision is good enough, it takes an eye doctor to actually determine the state of your vision. Changes in vision can occur gradually and our bodies will slowly adjust to any changes that may be occurring. If you find yourself squinting when trying to read, or if you have had frequent headaches recently, if you notice distorted vision, or see “halos,” these are all signs that you may need corrective lenses. Even if you haven’t experienced any of these signs, there are still various other reasons to schedule an eye exam.
Check Whether Your Prescription Needs to be Updated
Eye doctors recommend that anyone with a current glasses prescription gets an eye exam once every year. The signs that your prescription needs to be updated are similar to those for needing glasses in the first place: squinting, headaches, or blurred vision. However, you may also want to get an eye exam if your glasses are out of date or out of style, if they are scratched, or you’re having trouble cleaning your glasses. Getting new glasses or contacts all starts with an eye exam.
Screen For Other Serious Health Issues
Our eyes can tell us a lot about the overall health of our body. One of the reasons for this is because our eyes rely on blood vessels. An eye exam will examine the health of blood vessels surrounding the eyes and can reveal if there are any issues with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Getting a regular eye exam is also a good idea if you have a family history of diabetes. The exam will even screen for cancer, which is done by looking closely at the iris, the optic nerve, and the retina for any tumors. Melanoma is a common type of cancer that can develop in the eyes.
Check For Signs of Serious Eye Conditions
There are several serious eye conditions that an eye doctor will look for during an exam, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, as well as myopia (nearsightedness). Glaucoma can be caused by high pressure in the eye and can affect the optic nerve. Macular degeneration and cataracts are both age-related conditions. Myopia can affect people of all ages.
Do You Have Sun Damage, Eye Strain, or Dry Eyes?
Living in Colorado Springs means that we’re frequently exposed to harmful UV rays. If you have a job that requires you to work in front of a computer all day, then you may be struggling with digital eye strain or dry eyes. Or you may fear going outside due to allergies in the spring. If any of these sounds like you, then you could benefit from an eye exam. An eye doctor can offer professional advice and guidance for dealing with all of these issues, and it all starts with scheduling an appointment.
An Eye Exam is Quick and Productive
At Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs, we offer same-day appointments, making it easier than ever to fulfill an item on your list of New Year’s Resolutions. Eye exams typically take about an hour and we offer a variety of payment options, making the entire process smooth and efficient. And if you get back a clean bill of health, you can gain peace of mind knowing that your eyes are healthy until next year.
Spectrum Eye Care is committed to providing our patients with the very best service. Get in touch with us today to schedule your 2021 eye exam.