Eye Examination: Why and how often should I get my eyes tested?
Did you know that only 1 out of 5 Indians visit eye doctors for regular check-ups? This when WHO reports point out that 550 million Indians – about half the country’s population – are estimated to be in need of eye vision correction which they are not opting for.
The recent study conducted by Signify – formerly Philips Lighting – not only highlighted the alarming statistics of people not opting for regular eye examinations but also stated that 84% of Indians admitted to not following up on their eye doctor’s advice!
Why are eye examinations important?
Our eyes are the gateway to the world – so regular care and examination are imperative.
Good vision ensures efficient functioning – Poor vision impacts everyday functioning and causes stress and discomfort.
Track ‘silent’ eye conditions – Serious eye ailments such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts are largely ‘silent’ issues that may go untracked if you do not go for regular eye examination.
Impacts national productivity – The WHO study quoted by Hubert Sagnieres, CEO of Essilor, the world’s biggest maker of eye lenses, points out that India loses $37 billion on annual productivity due to vision problems.
Early diagnosis of disease – A thorough eye exam allows doctors to take a closer look at your blood vessels in your retina which tell the story of what is going on in the rest of your body. Any changes in your eyes are indicators of the on-set of diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and even Alzheimer’s which are all conditions better managed if they are caught early.
More than 77 million Indians suffer from diabetes and about 25% suffer from hypertension. Neglecting these conditions (since they do not have immediate symptoms) can lead to diabetic eye disease which can lead to blindness.
The only tried and tested method is a comprehensive eye check up.
How often should you get your eyes tested?
This depends on your clinical and family history of vision issues and your age.
If you are under 40 with no history of eye issues, most doctors recommend you opt for eye examinations once in 2 years. If above 40, it’s best you opt for an eye examination every year.
For those above the age of 40, the eyes are a window to overall health as well. Especially if there is a family history of obesity and diabetes, an annual eye examination is pertinent.
Book an eye check up today with Lens and Frames
Don’t put it off! No matter if you are a pilot or a software engineer or a home-maker, getting an eye exam is imperative for all. Book your appointment at the nearest Lens and Frames store – now!