Saving Your Vision
The month of March signifies the beginning of Spring along with Save your Vision Month. At My Eyelab, we take our customers eyesight seriously, and we’ve created a blog post informing our customers of the importance of getting a yearly comprehensive eye exam and tips on how to save your vision.
Just as you implement healthy eating and exercising habits into your lifestyle, you should implement healthy eye habits into your daily lifestyle. Implementing healthy eye habits help maintain optimal eye health and protect your vision so it lasts a lifetime. Being able to see clearly does not guarantee healthy vision. Scheduling and attending a yearly comprehensive eye exam helps prevent and detect serious eye issues such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It is recommended that everyone schedule an eye exam at least once a year to ensure that your prescription hasn’t changed and to be able to detect any eye issues early on.
An eye exam not only helps detect eye diseases, they also help detect systemic diseases. Regular eye exams can help detect systemic diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Eye doctors can detect these issues by looking at the blood vessels in your eye to make sure they don’t appear abnormal.
Tests Conducted During an Eye Exam:
- Visual Field Test: This test helps detect early vision problems such as tunnel vision, and it’s underlying causes.
- Glaucoma Test: This test detects glaucoma and whether or not the patient has an increased chance of developing glaucoma. The doctor places drop’s into the patient’s eye and looks at the eye to detect any problems.
- Retinoscopy: This test isn’t used too often, but if needed, it is used with small children or those who have trouble communicating. The doctor uses a retinoscope to shine a light on the retina and observe the reaction of the retina.
- Refraction: This test is the most common test used during a routine eye exam. It uses a refractor to show a segment of lenses and asks the patient if their vision is clear through each of the lenses.
- Cover Test: This test is used on small children to determine the presence of “lazy eye.” They are asked to focus on an object and the doctor observes the reaction of the eyes and watches for any specific eye movement.
- Slit lamp examination: This test detects any structure problems within the eye that may be noticeable, by placing special drops into the patient’s eyes. Once the drops are placed in the eye, the doctor uses a special device that helps examine the inner workings of the eye.
Lastly, in today’s technology-driven society, most of our days are spent staring at digital screens. These multiple digital screens are known to cause digital eye strain. Most of the time digital eye strain symptoms go unnoticed until patients come in for an eye exam and notice the difference in their eyesight.
Tips for Helping Save your Vision:
- Give your eyes a break: With the hecticness of everyday life and work, it is easy to forget to give your eyes a break from all the digital screens you look at throughout the day. Most of the time we don’t realize that our eyes can suffer from the blue light emitted from the digital screens. As mentioned before, the best way to give your eyes a break is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. This rule states that you should stare at an object that is 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, for every 20 minutes you spend staring at a screen.
- Don’t cut corners: Seeing clearly does not mean healthy vision, and your annual comprehensive eye exam should not be overlooked. It is important to schedule an annual eye exam with an eye doctor every year to ensure optimal eye health.
Save your vision this year by scheduling your comprehensive eye exam at a My Eyelab location near you!