5 Benefits of Routine Eye Exams

Seeing your way clearly plays no small role in your quality of life. To safeguard your eye health and to correct any vision issues, it’s critical you get routine eye exams.

Our team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and refractive surgeons here at Beraja Medical Institute has the experience and training to ensure that all of your eye care needs are met. From correcting your vision to monitoring for serious — and vision-robbing — eye disease, here’s a look at five reasons why routine eye exams will serve you well, long into the future.

1. Seeing more clearly

More than 150 million people in the United States rely on corrective lenses to help them see more clearly. Diving a little deeper, one out of three Americans has some degree of astigmatism, and nearly 50 million people over the age of 40 are either farsighted or nearsighted.

If your vision is a little “off,” the odds are good that you may be dealing with a refractive error. The best way to determine whether you’ve developed one is through our regular eye exams. We can evaluate your vision with acuity and field tests and get you on the road to seeing more clearly.

2. Assessing cataracts

Cataracts affect nearly 25 million people in the US over the age of 40, and the problem only worsens with age — half of Americans will develop cataracts by age 75.

While not necessarily dangerous, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the US.

Through our eye exams, we look for the early signs of cataracts and use corrective lenses to remedy any vision issues. We also suggest lifestyle changes that may slow the progression of cataract development. Should your cataracts advance to the point where they’re significantly affecting your ability to see, we can perform cataract surgery to give you clear eyesight.

3. Early detection of glaucoma

Glaucoma affects 2.7 million people over the age of 40, and it usually develops without any early symptoms. Through our regular eye exams, we perform tests to determine whether you have an intraocular pressure that could damage your optic nerve.

4. Age-related macular degeneration

This condition affects more than two million people over the age of 50 and can lead to severe vision impairment in the central part of your vision. Through early detection of AMD, we can take the steps necessary to slow the progress of the degeneration and preserve your vision.

5. Diabetic retinopathy

If you have diabetes, it’s extremely important that you see us annually for a diabetic eye exam. As it stands, diabetic retinopathy affects nearly eight million Americans age 40 and older, and this number is expected to rise as diabetes diagnoses rise.

How often you should see us

When it comes to what constitutes “routine” eye exams, here are a few rules of thumb:

If you need corrective lenses, you may need to see us more frequently, as refractive errors can change over time.

To schedule your all-important eye exam, call our office in Coral Gables, Florida at 786-899-2516, or send us a message online.

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