When was the last time you saw an eye doctor? Are you due for a visit?
Maintaining healthy vision is an important part of your overall quality of life. While not everyone needs to see an optometrist every year, it’s a good idea to check in with a doctor regularly, especially once you reach a certain age or if you’ve had any issues in the past.
Here’s what to know about taking good care of your vision.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of certain eye conditions.
- Use protective eyewear. Going out in the sun? Wear a pair of sunglasses for protection. Also, wear protective eyewear in situations that could lead to an eye injury, such as woodworking.
- Understand your risk factors. Do you have a family history of eye problems? Are you at an age with a higher risk of eye issues?
Visiting the Eye Doctor
How often you need to see the eye doctor depends on a few factors:
- Your age. When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you can usually see the eye doctor every few years. During middle age, the visits should become more frequent. By the time you reach 65, it’s typically recommended that you go every year.
- If you wear glasses or contacts. You’ll likely need to schedule eye doctor visits based on your doctor’s recommendations to keep your prescription up to date.
- Vision conditions. Anyone with an existing condition that affects their vision will likely need more frequent exams. If you notice a change in your vision, it’s time to make an appointment.
Understanding Vision Insurance
Vision insurance helps offset the cost of basic eye care. Typical coverage may not pay for everything, but it can help cover regular eye exams, contacts and frames.
If you want to explore your insurance options or have questions about your current coverage, reach out anytime.