Regular eye exams are important because your eyes don’t usually show any symptoms when something is wrong. An eye exam is a vital health check for your eyes. Your optometrist can pick up early signs of eye conditions before you are aware of any symptoms – many of which can be treated if found early enough. Some examples are:
- Cataracts: A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. Studies have shown that cataract formation is directly related to UV radiation from the Sun. Appropriate eyewear has shown to reduce the risk of progression. In many cases, early cataracts have no signs, so routine annual eye exams will ensure cataracts are caught quickly.
- Uveitis (aka Iritis): Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea — the middle layer of the eye that consists of the iris, ciliary body and choroid. Treatment can be Eye drops, a pill or an injection depending on the type on uveitis you have.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma refers to a group of eye disorders that usually have few or no initial symptoms and eventually cause irreversible harm to the optic nerve. Treatment can involve surgery, lasers or medication, depending on the severity of your condition.
To avoid long-term eye problems, it is best to have your eyes checked by an optometrist yearly. Regular eye exams by your eye doctor monitor your vision for threatening eye conditions that can be prevented when diagnosed early. Call us at 360 Eyecare – Metro and book your annual eye exam with one of our professional optometrists today.