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The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Make an Eye Exam Part of Your Annual Physical Checkup

You may be young and in perfect health, or a senior who has never needed glasses, but no matter what your age or physical health, it is important to have regular eye examinations. An eye examination should be a part of your annual overall health checkup – your eyes are often a good indicator of your overall health!

Eye Exam vs. Vision Screening

When we recommend regular eye exams at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center, we aren't referring to a vision screening. Vision screening involves performing a basic test that identifies any difficulties with seeing that may require a more thorough assessment and possible treatment with corrective measures. Vision screenings do not check for eye health, and in children, generally, only check for nearsightedness. They can be performed by anyone, whether it is a pediatrician, a volunteer at a vision clinic, or even a school nurse.

On the other hand, a comprehensive eye exam can only be performed by an experienced eye doctor called an optometrist, who has specific knowledge and special equipment that allows them to look around and inside your eyes checking your eye and vision health.

Why Is An Eye Exam Important?

Eye examinations can assess whether you have underlying causes for any vision issues you are experiencing, as well as whether there are any indications of disease which can threaten your sight and eye health. Comprehensive eye exams can also diagnose symptoms of high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, high cholesterol, autoimmune disorders, tumors, and even cancer. Early detection and treatment are crucial in order to slow down or stop the progression of eye diseases. Your eye exam will also produce an accurate prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses, if needed.

Schedule an Exam at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center Today

One of the best ways to protect your vision is to schedule an eye examination at our Lewiston optometry clinic. An optometric examination can identify an eye problem at the earliest stage - when it is most easily treatable. Give us a call today.