Why are Eye Exams Important?
Most people know that visiting a doctor regularly is important to identify health problems and take proactive measures to prevent illnesses. Sometimes eye health is overlooked – especially if there are no outward signs of vision problems. Regular eye exams are just as important as check-ups with your primary care physician. Some eye diseases do not have any symptoms in the early stages. The earlier these can be diagnosed and treated, the better chance you will have at protecting your vision.
Dr. Kristin Pope provides comprehensive eye care exams to look for any signs of problems such as:
- Refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism)
- Retinal damage (macular degeneration, retinal detachment, etc.)
- Diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy)
- Corneal problems (keratoconus, dry eye, etc.)
- Visual acuity challenges
- Pediatric eye problems (strabismus, amblyopia, etc.)
- Eye misalignment
- And much more
How Often Should You Have an Eye Exam?
There is no singular answer to this question. In general, if you are an adult and you are generally healthy, an eye exam every 1-2 years may be sufficient. However, if you fall into any of these categories, you may need to have an eye exam more frequently to monitor your condition:
- Currently have an eye disease
- Family history of eye disease
- Undergone eye procedures in the past
Another Benefit: Protect Your Overall Health
Your eye doctor can also identify underlying health problems just by looking at your eye health. In some cases, conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and other medical conditions can be identified during regular eye exams.
Don’t wait to schedule an eye exam until you or your loved one is experiencing vision difficulties. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Pope in Billings or Red Lodge, MT.