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If you don’t need contacts or glasses, chances are you may be wondering why you need an eye exam every year. Seeing a clear 20/20 is just part of a comprehensive eye exam; the battery of screening tests check for a variety of conditions, while the eye health exam offers an extensive look inside and around some of the most important parts to your eyes. The comprehensive eye exam is necessary to ensure healthy eyes and vision.
Here are 3 reasons why:
Comprehensive eye exams allow for the opportunity for an extensive check-up that often connects overall systemic health and family history to eye health and vision. Scheduling you're yearly eye exam means taking preventative steps to ensure minimal risk and optimal eye health in the short and longterm.
Jen Wademan, O.D.
Red eyes or bloodshot eyes are frequently not a welcomed sight. “How to Get Rid of Red Eyes” yields about 260 million results when searched online. So suffice to say, it can be an unwanted sign that could potentially convey something you don’t intend to convey to those around you.
So why do red eyes occur? Red eyes most often are a response from irritation or infection. Irritation can happen in the form of dryness (whether chronic or acute), allergies or exposure to harsh chemicals (smoke or chlorine). Red eyes from infection can occur from different germs inadvertently encountered, whether bacterial or viral. Regardless of the cause, if you’re like most people, you just want those red eyes back to white, no questions asked. So here is your cheat sheet to ridding the redness.
And if you haven’t seen your optometrist in a while (which is considered greater than a year), schedule an eye exam to discuss any concerns you may have with your eyes, including chronic redness. Your personality should be your defining characteristic, not your red eyes!
Dr. Jen Wademan, Optometrist and owner of Bidwell Optometry. www.drjenwademan.com