It is estimated that up to 25 percent of children, from kindergarten to grade 6, have some form of vision problem. This may not be detected in vision screening tests that are normally done before a child begins school each year as those tests usually test acuity. Therefore a result of 20/20 vision does not mean that your child may not have a vision problem that could affect their learning. In fact, your child could still have a number of visual disorders such as convergence insufficiency disorder (a leading cause of eyestrain), near-far distance accommodation issues, myopia or visual tracking problems.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor has probably emphasized the importance of regular eye exams. Diabetics are at an increased risk for a condition called retinopathy, in which the blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissues of the eye become damaged. Unfortunately, a lot of patients fail to take their doctors' recommendations seriously and skip their regular eye exams. Early-stage retinopathy shows few symptoms, so really the only way to know if you're developing it is to visit your eye doctor.
If you're like many people, you only go to the eye doctor when you feel eye strain or that your glasses aren't strong enough to see out of anymore. Less than half of the 200 million people who wear glasses or contacts in America see their eye doctor as much as they should. If you need more motivation other than a changing prescription every few years to get you in the eye doctor's office, here are 3 reasons to upgrade your exams to once a year.
Traveling for a job means long stretches on the road and long nights sleeping on hotel beds. Something always goes missing, especially if you are moving from hotel to hotel. As frustrating as that experience is, keeping your health needs met while away from home can be more difficult:
If you are due for a regular doctor's visit, make sure to go before you leave on your trip. You do not want to miss routine tests and procedures, but you also need to have your regular prescriptions refilled.
Dry eyes may sound like no big deal, but if you are constantly dealing with the burning, itching, and discomfort caused by lack of moisture, it can get to be a really frustrating problem. There are a lot of known reasons why you could be dealing with excessively dry eyes, but if you have done everything that you know to do, there could be hidden influences in your daily life that are causing the problem.