Eye exams from your local ophthalmologist are crucial for great vision and optimal eye health. That’s why the office of Dr. Sina J. Sabet offers comprehensive eye exams that ensure your glasses and contact prescriptions are up to date, and your eyes are working at their very best. Contact us to schedule your eye exam today.

When do I need an eye exam?

The consensus among eye doctors is that you should have a comprehensive eye exam once every year or two—once per year if you wear corrective lenses or have a history of eye-related health issues. Children should have their first eye exam at six months of age, another at age three and another when they start school. From then on, children without vision problems or corrective lenses should have their eyes checked once every two years until age 18.

Vision screenings are NOT eye exams!

There’s a big difference between vision screenings and eye exams: the former is designed to detect major vision problems and quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and the latter is a full-scale evaluation of vision, eye health, and potential health risks related to the eyes. Eye exams are the better choice by far, as they give you the bigger picture on the state of your eyes, and offer preventative measures that ensure your eyes are in great shape for years to come.

Why are eye exams important?

Eye exams are important for your eyes—but they can benefit your overall health as well. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why eye exams are important.

Eye exams keep your vision sharp.

A decline in vision because of an outdated prescription can affect your health, safety, and overall enjoyment of life. If your vision becomes blurry, you’ll have trouble reading books and menus, seeing oncoming signs and objects when you’re driving, and taking care of common household tasks that require proper hand-eye coordination and precision—dicing an onion, for example.

Getting an annual eye exam ensures your corrective lenses are always giving you the sharpest vision possible—and if you’re someone who doesn’t use corrective lenses yet, an eye exam could expose a newfound need for corrective lenses as well. Your vision should be as high-def as possible—talk to your eye doctor today.

Eye exams detect common diseases.

The eye tells a story about the rest of the body—if something is wrong with your vision or eye health, it could be a sign of problems elsewhere in the body. An eye exam can catch these seven serious health conditions:

  1. Diabetes – If you have diabetes, the small capillaries in the retina will leak blood or a yellow fluid. This is often a sign of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, and it’s easily diagnosed with a comprehensive eye exam with your ophthalmologist.  
  2. Hypertension – Blood vessels in the eyes can kink, tear, bend, and break. It’s a classic sign of high blood pressure and hypertension.
  3. Thyroid Disease – Bulging eyes or protruding eyeballs are the telltale signs of Graves Disease or Thyroid disease.
  4. Autoimmune Disorders – Inflamed eyes are a common sign of Lupus and other autoimmune disorders.
  5. High cholesterol – A cornea with a yellowish appearance or a yellow ring around could show the presence of high cholesterol in the body.
  6. Tumors – Droopy eyelids and misshapen pupils could be warning signs of a neck tumor or aneurysm.
  7. Cancer – Basal cell carcinomas can appear in the eyelid and make their way to the brain—a common sign of skin cancer. Irregular eye structure could be a red flag for ocular melanoma, which develops in cells that make pigmentation in the eye.

Eye exams can eliminate problems before they happen.

The earlier your ophthalmologist catches signs of any of the diseases listed above, the easier time you’ll have dealing with these diseases. If you skip annual eye exams, you might be letting harmful health problems slip by unnoticed in your body. Don’t wait—schedule an appointment and keep your eyes healthy.

Choose your Top-Rated Ophthalmologist in Alexandria

Sina J. Sabet MD is your ophthalmology expert, with years of experience performing comprehensive eye exams and helping patients with their eye health and overall wellness. Schedule an appointment for you and the whole family, and take care of your annual eye exams today.