Keep an Eye on Your Vision
Vision care – we all know it is important, but sometimes it’s difficult to fit eye exams and essentials like new glasses or lenses into an overstretched budget.
More than 11 million Americans have an uncorrected visual impairment that can impact their quality of life, according to the National Eye Institute.
But now everyone can afford to see the world more clearly, with Vision Savings Plans that reduce the cost of the exams, products and treatments that keep your eyes healthy and happy.
Why Should I Get an Eye Exam?
When should you get an eye exam?
At least once a year. In some cases, getting an exam every six months is suggested for optimum eye health. Ask your eye care professional how often you should get your vision checked.
For children, regular eye exams help to ensure normal vision development and solid academic achievement. The American Optometric Association states that 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision troubles.
Adults can help maintain their vision quality through regular checkups, updated prescription lenses as needed, and proper sunglasses to protect eyes from solar damage. More than 3 million Americans over the age of 40 have some form of vision impairment, according to The National Eye Institute.
In most cases, early detection and management of eye diseases can help reduce the risk of permanent vision loss. Glaucoma affects more than three million Americans, but only half are aware they have the disease, according to The Centers for Disease Control.
How does an eye exam work?
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will examine your eyes for the presence of common eye diseases, evaluates how your eyes work together (alignment, depth perception, “binocular” vision) and checks your visual acuity to see if you need corrective lenses. Your doctor will also assess your eyes in terms of your overall health. Your eyes can reveal the presence of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Eye exams don’t hurt. You should be aware that your eye doctor will likely dilate your pupils, resulting in blurred vision for an hour or two following the exam.