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National Eye Exam Month

Five Reasons Why Everyone Needs an Eye Exam

Every August is National Eye Exam Month because it is important to get your eyes checked and your prescription updated at least once a year. Here are five reasons why everyone should be getting your yearly eye exam!

  1. Avoid A Difficult School Year
  2. Whether you are a parent or a student (of any grade) do not make the school year any harder than it needs to be with headaches, eye strain, and tantrums. One in four children has vision problems, and those vision problems can make participating in class, making friends, and doing homework much more difficult. Instead, make an appointment with your optometrist and make this school year much easier. AFEyewear.com carries a large variety of children’s glasses that are so stylish, they are guaranteed to love them!

  3. Get Your Prescription Renewed
  4. Sometimes the change in our prescription can be extremely slight, but that slight change can make a big difference to your eyes. Sometimes, we get so used to straining our eyes, we forget what it’s like to receive a new pair of glasses with the correct prescription! So, make sure to go get your prescription updated!

  5. Preventative Care
  6. Our eyesight is one of our most important sense, but some degenerative eye diseases can be especially detrimental when they aren’t caught early. Annual eye exams can save your eyesight, detecting and subsequently remedying problems like glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and macular degeneration. August is National Eye Exam Month, but it is also Cataracts Awareness Month.

  7. Safe Driving
  8. Having trouble seeing at night? Having trouble driving in the middle of the day? Both of these problems can be solved with a visit to your optometrist. Sometimes these problems can be solved by getting a prescription, other times, it is just as simple as buying a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses. AFEyewear.com had a large selection of sunglasses with polarized lenses which filter glare from oncoming cars during the day, and can also dim headlights from oncoming cars at night.

  9. Reduce Eye Strain
  10. One of the most common symptoms of not wearing glasses or having an incorrect prescription is eye strain. Left untreated, eye strain, over long periods of time can actually make your vision worse, lead to headaches and migraines, or can lead to eye rubbing. Children who need glasses will rub their eyes which can damage eye due to dirt or dust caught under the eyelid.

Visit your doctor and have your vision checked. People with a family history of diabetes, eye disease or hypertension require more frequent exams, so August is a great time to double-check your eyesight even if you’ve already done so.

Symptoms of Vision Issues

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Anxiety while driving or in school
  • Avoiding reading or forgetting what you read
  • Covering one eye or tilting the head to one side

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