By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer
National Eye Exam Month is approaching in August and it is wise to start making your ophthalmology appointments soon, as offices book up quickly in the summer and fall.
August is a busy month for back-to-school and end-of-summer activities. Why not plan ahead and start planning your schedule soon?
Children need a basic eye evaluation before the pre-school and kindergarten years start. This is when a “lazy,” or crossed, eye can be detected. Children are very resilient and will rarely complain about one eye seeing better than the other. Some eye conditions, like this one, need to be detected and corrected sooner to get the best outcome and optimal vision.
I am still amazed at the number of adult patients that come in for eye exams that have never had one before; their response to me is, “I seem to see fine with the cheater glasses I picked up at the drug store.”
There is so much more to an eye exam than just a vision check. Many people have a family history of macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal disease, diabetes and other conditions that impact the eye. All of these conditions can only be detected through a dilated eye evaluation. Most of these often painless findings can easily go undetected for years.
Many eye conditions need to be treated as soon as possible. Many diseases that damage the eyes cannot be treated and reversed if too much time has lapsed between eye exams.
So in addition to planning summer, back-to-school activities, take time for your eye health and schedule an eye exam. You will not regret this important investment of time and prevention.
Judith Whitehead, of East Amherst, is a certified ophthalmic technician.