Vision problems are common and affect everyone from infants to senior citizens. Proper eye care and eye wear at every stage in life are very important in order to see clearly and prevent future eye health issues.
A problem with a child’s vision can be the underlying cause of learning difficulties in school. The process of learning is highly visual and is dependent on clear vision. Eye care for children begins at the start of life. A pediatrician should examine a new born infant’s eyes at birth. Eye examinations should also be performed when a child is 6 months old, 2 years old, then at least every two years after that unless more frequent examinations are required.
Teenagers are prone to ultraviolet rays from the sun and the harmful impact ultraviolet rays can have on eyes if protective eye wear such as sunglasses are not used. Research shows 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet rays occurs by the age of 18. Extra-curricular school activities such as sports often times necessitate protective or corrective eye wear. Clear vision helps teens participating in these programs perform at their best. Protective eye wear worn during these types of activities prevents eye injuries. Regular eye examinations during the teen years are essential to future eye health.
Corrected vision and healthy eyes are vital to adults. We all live very busy lives and need to take care of all aspects of our health, including eye health, in order to cope with stress and enjoy life to the fullest. While you may not notice any issues with your vision or overall eye health, a regular eye exam is still necessary to detect problems that may be emerging. If your family has a history of eye disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, regular eye exams must be conducted to monitor and identify whether or not these conditions are affecting you.
As we continue to age and reach the advanced stages of life, the risk of eye disease and eye problems increases dramatically. Annual eye examinations are critical to maintaining vision and staying active during your senior years.
Developing a trusted relationship with an eye care professional is just as important as your relationship with a primary care physician. At Shawnee Optical, we have been nurturing long-term relationships with patients for over 30 years. We get know our patients, their families and their lifestyles. This helps us understand their eye health history, their susceptibility to specific eye problems, their eye wear needs and enables us to deliver the very best eye care and level of service. A relationship like this saves our patients both time and money.
To learn more about eye care and Shawnee Optical, please visit our website at www.shawneeoptical.com.