Just like a yearly physical, eye exams are an essential part of observing and maintaining your overall health. At Opulent Eyes Optometry in Studio City, California, Jeff Taranto, OD, provides routine eye exams for children, adults, and seniors to ensure that their vision and overall health is exceptional. Many health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer are frequently detected first during eye exams, not to mention there are many vision complications you might not notice until it’s too late. Call Opulent Eyes Optometry or schedule an eye exam appointment online today.
The most obvious reason that you would go in for an eye exam would be to check your vision and possibly get a prescription for corrective glasses or contact lenses. This is clearly important in and of itself, but there are a number of other reasons why you should routinely get eye exams.
It’s important for children to get eye exams because myopia (nearsightedness) is quickly becoming a contemporary epidemic. It’s estimated that by 2050, roughly half of the world’s population will be myopic, up from roughly 25 percent in 2000. It’s vital to detect and treat myopia early, since allowing it to progress could leave your child at greater risk of more serious eye issues later on, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment.
Eye exams are also incredibly important for adults and seniors because there are a number of eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that present their symptoms very gradually and sometimes unnoticeable. Dr. Taranto is often able to see indications of these diseases during an eye exam before you’re able to feel them. Catching complications early could be the difference between a healthy eye and permanent vision loss.
Eye exams are also necessary if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing this chronic condition. For those at risk, diabetes can be detected early by examining the appearance of your retinal blood supply and blood vessels, which can also indicate possible high blood pressure (hypertension) and hypercholesterolemia.
If you already have diabetes, it’s essential to get routine professional eye exams in order to monitor the potential development of diabetic eye disease, or diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in adults. According to the American Diabetic Association, people with Type 1 diabetes should have an eye exam within five years of the diagnosis, and people with Type 2 diabetes should have an eye exam as soon as possible after diagnosis.
When you come into Opulent Eyes Optometry for your eye exam, Dr. Taranto administers any number of the following tests:
Simply passing a vision screening at school or the DMV is no substitute for a professional eye exam. Vision screenings can only detect major problems with vision, not more serious and subtle issues, such as eye cancer and glaucoma, the effects of which are frequently not felt until permanent vision loss has already been sustained.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call or book an appointment online today with the caring eye professionals at Opulent Eyes Optometry.