Whether you’ve had poor eyesight all your life, or perfect vision since you could walk, the importance of vision in our lives cannot be overstated. That, as well as the fact that not all vision issues are immediately noticeable, is reason enough for people to go and see a professional every now and then. But how often should you go, and what are some of the signs that you should go soon?
The Importance of Eye Examinations
It’s vital that the quality of your vision stays as good as it can throughout your lifetime, as it is arguably our most important sensory function.
Depending on where you live, Eye Examinations from a registered optometrist may be cheaper due to government assistance or insurance, be sure to look into whether this is the case for you before seeking out an optometrist.
Regardless of the cost, eye exams are important to detect issues in your vision, potentially before they even affect you.
How often should I have an examination?
The answer to this question mostly depends on your age.
During early childhood, children’s vision should be tested at various points in their development in order to ensure they are not being hindered in their learning due to an inability to comprehend either text or the world around them. These points are generally at 6 months, 2-3 years, and around 5-6 years old.
Otherwise, you should look to get an eye exam about once every 1-2 years depending on whether you have been having issues with your vision or not. This time allows for most detection of serious issues before they become sight-threatening, as well as potential improvements to sight that can be made through either glasses or contact lenses.
An eye exam could potentially save your vision, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not to see a professional.