Scheduling an annual eye exam is strategic to preventative eye care. In an age of growing digital device usage, it’s crucial. More time staring at screens means a greater risk for eye problems, and many eye diseases may be present and detectable without any visible symptoms. Your optometrist can provide you with an in-depth report on your vision and test your eyes for eye-related diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration. Addressing and monitoring these diseases early improves their response to treatment and early detection is the key to optimal eye health. Family history should mandate annual visits as well.

Hereditary risks

“My grandfather had glaucoma but I never had vision issues,” says Jordan, an optometry patient. “I waited till my mid-40s for my first eye exam; it’s no surprise that I learned of my risk for getting glaucoma as well. Thankfully, the precautions I now practice, like keeping an annual exam, ensure I’m maintaining healthy vision through monitoring any onset concerns.”

“We want to get to know you. It’s that trust that creates the bedrock for the best experience in eye care.”

Expanding access

“Our mission is simple: a better approach to eye care,” says Dr. Artis Beatty, Chief Medical Officer at MyEyeDr., “We want to get to know you. It’s that trust that creates the bedrock for the best experience in eye care.” Dr. Beatty’s organization aims to bring better eye care to the nation with more than 300 eye care offices in 12 states east of the Mississippi. 

Take control of your care

Comprehensive exams and access to technology like retinal imaging — which allows a detailed view of the retina and its vital structures — combined with routine physical check-ups are key in helping to detect and monitor various health and visual issues. By focusing on your eye health now, you will ensure better vision and quality of life in the future.