Here at Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis, we recommend a yearly eye exam for all of our valued patients. There are three excellent reasons why it’s a great idea. First, your vision changes over the course of time. You may need an updated prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses or a new one if you have never worn them before. Second, you should be screened for the most common eye diseases, most of which have no symptoms that alert you to their presence during their early stages. And third, our St. Louis eye exam can reveal valuable clues about your health in the rest of your body.
Sometimes, you can be experiencing signs of needing new or updated corrective lenses, such as squinting, eyestrain, or headaches, and you become so used to it that you don’t make the association that it could be remedied so easily. Or you might be seeing okay and think that’s good enough. We don’t think so, however. Thanks to our St. Louis eye exam, you can enjoy the sharpest and clearest eyesight that you’re capable of having.
Glaucoma and cataracts are two eye diseases that everyone should be tested for annually. Anyone can be affected by them, no matter what your age, medical history, or heredity. Other conditions, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy are associated with specific circumstances. If they’re applicable to you, of course, you will be screened for them, too. By the time you notice symptoms of any of these diseases, it is usually because you have suffered some degree of vision loss or eye damage as a result of them. The early detection of our St. Louis eye exam can prevent that.
Many people don’t think about high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes as problems that can be found during the course of an eye checkup. But the blood vessels in your eyes tell our optometrist a lot, including pointing to potential concerns elsewhere in your body. If our St. Louis eye exam does pick up on any such issues, you will be referred back to your primary physician for the appropriate follow-up.