Eye Exams Are Not Just for Glasses Prescriptions
A comprehensive eye exam with one of our optometrists is much more than a vision screening or checking your prescription. An eye exam by an optometrist will check your overall eye health. A complete medical history is necessary to determine if you have any other health issues that could affect your vision.
Among the tests performed are tests to see if there are any signs of eye disease such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, which have little or no symptoms until significant damage has already occurred. With diseases such as these, it is essential to catch them early, or else the risk of losing a significant amount of sight increases dramatically.
Family Eye Exams In Olathe, Kansas
Routine eye exams, screenings for eye diseases and proper development, and keeping up with constantly changing eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions all play a vital part in the long-term visual health of every member of the family from youngest to oldest. Dr. Galbrecht in Olathe, Kansas, is always aiming to help families live every day with their clearest, most comfortable vision possible.
Proper eye care for the whole family starts with routine eye exams. Among the most important reasons for children is the central role that proper vision plays in his or her initial, as well as ongoing, success in schoolwork and extra-curricular activities. Dr. Galbrecht explains, “The eyes are responsible for a great deal of our everyday sensory experience. The eyes are, therefore, the main vehicle through which most of us learn. This is why it is so important to safeguard this incredibly valuable instrument of education and experience. Also important for children are eye exams focusing on the early detection and treatment of eye conditions like amblyopia and strabismus. These conditions can be treated very easily in early childhood, but become much more complicated if allowed to advance and develop into later childhood and adulthood.
For Mom and Dad, eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are usually pretty stable and rarely, if ever, change. Unfortunately, this leads many adults to believe that comprehensive eye exams are only for their children and that they no longer need routine checkups to maintain good vision health. However, in some respects, it is even more important for Mom and Dad to have their annual check-up than their children. This is because adults, especially those 40 years old and above, and those with underlying health issues such as diabetes, are at significantly increased risk of developing sight-threatening conditions, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Proper routine checkups, with a focus on early detection of these and other potentially harmful eye conditions, should be considered an important part of every adult’s health regimen.
Our comprehensive family eye care includes all the most important tests and screenings to determine the overall eye health of you and your children, the whole family for corrective lenses, and make sure that the whole family sees comfortably and clearly for many years to come.