Why Eye exams are Important

Do any of these symptoms creep up on you?:
– Frequent headaches
– Eye strain
– Vague tiredness
– Problems with hand-eye co-ordination.
– Dizziness or motion sickness
– Poor depth judgement.
– Reduced reading comprehension
– Difficulty keeping track of images, words on a page or a moving object.
– Blurred vision
An optometrist can conduct an eye test to determine the type and extent of the problem, if any, and prescribe the correct treatment. Eyeglasses can effectively compensate for focal problems. Other eye problems may occasionally require surgery or other serious procedures. In some rare cases untreated disorders can lead to partial or complete vision loss.
The type of eye tests conducted by a doctor or motor registries is only an approximate indication of vision ability and will not detect more serious problems. Individuals with correctable but moderate vision problems often go undetected for long periods of time.
Children with vision problems suffer the most, and are the most likely to have their problem go unnoticed. Children who have poor eyesight for many years may not know what normal vision looks like. Furthermore, poor vision affects their ability to learn, even as it is misdiagnosed as poor concentration, lack of motivation or impeded intelligence. Missing out on any educational or developmental stage early in life has severe repercussions later on as the child is deprived of foundational learning. Even when the eyesight is corrected the child has to catch up on misunderstood information.
Eyesight problems should be detected and corrected as quickly as possible. Other health issues, such as fatigue, poor concentration, dizziness or compromised mental functioning can often be traced back to untreated vision problems.

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