The human eye is often referred to as the window to the soul, but it could just as well be described as a window into our health. Regular eye exams are an indispensable part of ensuring not just the health of our eyes, but our overall well-being. Despite this, data from VSP Vision Care and market research agency YouGov reveals that only half of the population schedule annual eye check-ups.
At 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, with locations in Melbourne, Orange City, and Winter Park, FL, we understand the importance of regular eye exams and aim to educate our customers on their significance. Unlike our competitors – Eyeglass World, America’s Best, and Lens Crafters, we strive to provide a comprehensive, patient-oriented service that promotes overall health.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends annual eye exams for all adults between the ages of 18 and 64. However, the importance of these exams extends beyond just maintaining clear vision. According to Dr. Pamela Riedy, optometrist and vice president of patient care at Visionworks provided by Melissa Rudy from Fox News, “an eye exam provides an incredible window into your overall health.”
So, what makes eye exams at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore so vital?
A Sneak Peek into Your Health
During an eye examination, our skilled optometrists have a clear view of your blood vessels and optic nerve, a direct extension of the brain. This unique vantage point allows us to detect early signs of over 270 chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even some cancers.
Moreover, we are proficient in identifying early signs of ocular diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration – conditions that often have no early warning signs. These detections underscore the importance of an annual eye exam in catching potential health issues before they progress and affect your sight.
What to Expect at a 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore Eye Exam
An eye exam at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is a comprehensive process designed to assess your visual system and eye health meticulously. The examination includes:
Visual Acuity Test: This familiar test involves reading letters of descending size on a Snellen chart from 20 feet away.
Refraction Test: If glasses or contacts are required, we will perform this test to determine the appropriate lens prescription.
Pupil Test: This quick evaluation assesses the health of your eyes and nervous system.
Non-Contact Tonometry (NCT): Also known as the “air puff test,” this procedure measures intraocular pressure, aiding in the detection of glaucoma.
Additional Assessments: Other tests include color vision, depth perception, side vision, retina evaluation, and eye movement and focusing.
Digital Eye Strain and the 20/20 Rule
With the increasing reliance on electronic devices, digital eye strain has become a prevalent issue. Dr. Riedy suggests following the “20/20 rule” to combat the effects of blue light exposure: every 20 minutes, take a break to look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. At 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, we can recommend lenses with blue light-reducing, anti-reflective coating to further mitigate the strain.
Your Vision, Our Priority
At 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, we aim to provide not just the best vision care but also promote overall health awareness. You don’t need to prepare for an eye exam – simply choosing the right optometrist and fitting.