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8 Signs You Might Need a Comprehensive Eye Examination Soon!

Your vision can change quite a bit within one year. So, it's important to know when you need to schedule an examination. For most, one comprehensive eye examination every year should help you to stay on top of your eye health, but some people might need to schedule more than one examination annually.

Here are 8 signs that you should get a comprehensive eye examination soon:

  1. Your eyes are red, dry, itchy, or you are seeing spots, flashes of light, or floaters.
  2. You have diabetes or another health condition that affects your eyes. Also, if you have a family history of conditions like diabetes or glaucoma, you may need examinations more often, especially as you move into your 50s and beyond.
  3. You can't remember when you last had an eye examination. If it's been longer than a year, you're overdue.
  4. You have difficulty driving at night and seeing street signs in the dark.
  5. You experience eye strain, headaches and/or blurred vision after spending an extended amount of time in front of a computer screen.
  6. You get motion sick, dizzy, or have trouble following a moving target.
  7. You hold books or the newspaper further away from your face and squint or close one eye to read them clearly.
  8. You notice any changes in your vision, especially after an incident or head trauma.

Don't wait until you experience any of these 8 things before you schedule an eye examination.

Keep in mind that an eye examination benefits more than just your eyes. More than the common refraction test, an annual comprehensive eye examination by a registered optometrist can help you detect general health issues well before their symptoms become apparent - just by looking at your eyes.

Get a comprehensive eye examination with a registered optometrist, and be sure to ask your optometrist if you should schedule more than one in a year.

Note: In the past, if you've only received a refraction test rather than the more thorough comprehensive eye examination by a registered optometrist, you should make an appointment. Many vision-related health issues are asymptomatic and only detectable through a comprehensive eye examination.