Routine Eye Exams

Many people only make appointments with the eye doctor if they are having a medical issue with their eyes. If you are one of these people, you should understand how important it is to see your eye doctor every year. There are a few reasons why annual visits to Dr. Coward & Associates in Belleville, Trenton, and Brighton, ON, are so essential.

Visual Acuity Checks

Vision loss can happen very gradually. In some cases, the vision changes are so gradual that you may not even realize that you need vision correction. When you see your optometrist every year, you will be sure that you can see as well as possible.

Diseases of the Eye Often Show No Symptoms

Diseases of the eye such as glaucoma and macular degeneration often show no early symptoms. In some cases, the diseases are not detected until permanent vision loss has occurred. When you see the eye doctor every year, you are taking the necessary preventative measures to protect the health of your eyes and your vision. If these conditions are caught early, your eye doctor can begin treatment that will slow the progression of the disease and preserve your vision as long as possible.

Updated Eyeglass and Contact Lens Prescriptions

If you wear glasses or contacts, your prescription will expire after one year. If you want to get a new pair of glasses, you will need a new prescription. The same is true if you wear contacts. Anytime you want to purchase a new supply of contacts, you will need an eye exam to determine if your prescription has changed. Even if you plan to buy your contacts online, you will need a new prescription. This won’t be a problem if you see the optometrist every year.

Medical Conditions Can Be Detected

During an annual eye exam, your optometrist can detect more than diseases of the eye. They can also detect certain medical conditions. During an annual eye exam, diabetes and high blood pressure can be detected. Your eye doctor will also be able to spot a brain tumor and multiple sclerosis. In some cases, these conditions can be caught before your primary care physician can detect them.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

The best way to ensure the health of your eyes, as well as your overall health, is to schedule annual exams with Dr. Coward & Associates. We treat patients in Belleville, Brighton, Trenton, and surrounding areas. Through annual visits with our optometrists, you can ensure the health of your eyes as well as your overall health. You can call us at our Belleville office 613-706-0771, our Trenton office 613-392-6211, or our Brighton office 613-475-3900 to schedule an appointment today!