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Eye & Vision Exams

Annual Eye Exams: Luxury or Need?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think twice about scheduling routine checkups for your car or AC system. When it comes to your eyes, however, you may wait for signs of trouble before getting a vision exam. This puts you at risk of losing precious sight. Routine eye exams from Southwest Eye Care in Bakersfield can help prevent vision loss by catching problems in their early stages, when they’re easier to manage and treat. Contrary to what you may think, annual vision exams aren’t a luxury, they’re a need.

Importance of Routine Eye Checkups

Your vision can change as you grow older, making routine checkups necessary to keep track of your sight. Regular eye checkups will reveal if there are changes in your vision that require corrective lenses to improve your sight.

Through routine eye checkups, your Bakersfield optometrist can detect eye diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration that put you at risk for losing your vision if not treated early enough. In the early stages, these conditions can be managed to protect your sight. Once damage is done, however, it cannot be reversed. With the help of your optometrist, you can slow down the progression of these diseases to preserve the sight you have.

Eye health can also reveal early warning signs of medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that can impair your overall health and vision. Your eye doctor can let you know if you have a disease that needs medical treatment.

Pediatric Eye Exams

Comprehensive eye exams are especially important for children, as their vision is still developing. Learning difficulties in school can often be traced back to poor vision. So many academic skills rely on good vision. Routine eye exams will reveal whether your child is nearsighted, farsighted, or has problems with astigmatism so these problems can be corrected as early as possible to improve his vision.

Pediatric eye checkups can begin as early as 6 months of age. Your child should be tested again at age 3 and 5 years, before school starts. For children with 20/20 vision, eye checkups can be scheduled every other year. Children with refractive errors should have annual exams to monitor changes in their sight.   

Senior Vision Exams

Seniors face greater risk of age-related eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration and should be tested annually, at least. As you age, it’s important to pay more attention to your eye health to prevent loss of precious sight. Healthy living habits can help improve your vision and reduce your risk of developing eye diseases.

Visit Southwest Eye Care for All Your Optometry Needs

Don't take chances with your gift of sight. Schedule your vision exam by calling Southwest Eye Care in Bakersfield at (661) 833-4040 today.