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The Benefits of Annual Eye Exams

A comprehensive eye exam is a key part of taking care of your overall physical health. The benefits of routine eye exams include improved vision health, sure, but come with a myriad of other benefits. An annual comprehensive eye exam is important for all ages as well: from kids, teens, adults, and seniors, each age group can benefit from optometry visits.

What does a Comprehensive Eye Exam Involve?

At Grande Prairie Eye Care, we offer eye exams which start with your medical history. After getting to know you and your eye health a bit better, you’ll undergo a few quick vision tests. These give our optometrists a better idea of your current eye health. With this information the doctor then takes a closer look at your eyes to help determine if there is any need for a prescription update, if there are any causes for concern with your eye health, and if you require any follow-up care before next year's visit.

An annual visit to your optometrist allows for a deeper dive into your eye health, as opposed to simply testing your vision. And from this proactive approach come many benefits to your eyes and visual health, and your general well-being.

The Benefits of Annual Eye Exams
  1. Can help prevent and manage eye diseases or conditions

These include mild disorders like dry eyes or conjunctivitis (pink eye), age-related disease like macular degeneration, or more serious and painful issues like glaucoma, eye tumors, retinal detachment, or cataracts.

  1. Can help detect other health issues

Your optometrist can detect health issues which may or may not be affecting your eyes and vision; these include diabetes, high blood pressure, neurological conditions (Parkinson’s and MS for example), cancer, or tumors.

  1. Provides you with clear and healthy vision

Clear vision may be an obvious advantage to annual eye exams, but there are other great benefits which result from clearer vision too: it can help kids perform better in school, or can help reduce eye fatigue, dry eye, and headaches that often result from being on digital screens for prolonged periods. But most of all, these exams and healthier vision have you seeing the world at its best and brightest while ensuring an overall healthier you.

Grande Prairie Eye Care • Last Update: Feb 03, 2022 • Originally published: Jun 07, 2022

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