July 23, 2020

Five Reasons to Visit Your Family Eye Doctor

For a more vibrant-looking and health-conscious life, start with your optometrist.

Vision – something we take for granted every day, yet something so vital to living a full life. Those who struggle to see without glasses/ or contacts or due to a condition of the eye such as cataracts or retina disease understand how important regular eye care is.

The first step to ensure you’re living a life of color and detail? Routine comprehensive eye exams. Here are five reasons to schedule your annual eye appointment with your local family optometrist today:

1. Live a healthier life

Unfortunately, many common eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma often have little to no warning signs. Not only do routine dilated eye examinations with your family eye doctor detect eye diseases, they also shed light on other potential health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, they may even detect the risk of a future heart attack or stroke.

2. Save yourself time and headaches

Glasses on display at Iowa eye doctor.From pop-culture to technology, times change and so do your eyes. Routine eye exams keep your prescriptions up-to-date and headaches at bay. Do not waste your time having someone else read the restaurant’s menu options for you or taking aspirin to deal with your constant headaches. Instead, stay current with your vision and prescription by scheduling your routine eye exam.

3. Help your children see AND learn better

When your children can see clearly, they learn and live better. Uncorrected vision and undetected childhood eye disorders such as “lazy eye” and “crossed eye” can make reading and school much more difficult. These conditions can prevent children from developing good vision and may even make them functionally blind. If detected early, many childhood problems can be corrected. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that infants have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age, at least once between three and five years and before beginning first grade. School age children should have eye exams every two years unless glasses are needed, in which case annual eye exams are recommended.

4. Stay Safe

Safety is particularly important. Driving and operating heavy machinery, in particular, demand clear vision. Your annual comprehensive eye exam can help you stay safe and prevent accidents on the road and at work. Not only will you be able to see more clearly but better equipped to handle unfortunate surprises such as a deer dashing in front of you.

5. Look Good

When you can see well, you feel and look better! Visiting your family eye doctor for your annual comprehensive eye exam gives you the opportunity to stay current with eyewear trends or celebrate another year without glasses or contacts!

Wolfe Eye Clinic is Iowa’s medical and surgical eye specialist. If you develop an eye condition, we are here to help. Local family eye doctors across Iowa frequently refer to Wolfe Eye Clinic for specialized care. We have developed more partnerships with optometrists than any other ophthalmology clinic in the state to offer co-managed care following surgery. To learn more, give us a call at (800) 542-7956.