3 Reasons People Skip Eye Exams

graur codrinYou probably already know of friends and neighbors who find plenty of excuses to avoid getting a regular eye exam. Many people across the Triangle and around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill sometimes will question the necessity for yearly check-ups. Some people believe that their eyes are just fine because they would certainly notice if something was wrong. Others just find ways and excuses to adapt to problems with their vision.

Regardless of the reasons, not having an eye exam is pretty common. Recent studies show that 86 percent of people at risk for eye disease do not get an annual eye exam.

Alternatively, over 70 percent of Americans age 45 and older fear being blind more than being deaf. That is a powerful statistic. So why haven’t you called Beth R. Friedland M.D. and the professionals at Park Ophthalmology?

There are typically three reasons why people delay an eye exam:

  • Money: The costis generally an issue for many people. Individuals without health insurance or proper vision care may not believe they can afford regular eye exams. What many people with this concern don’t realize is that these exams can go a long way toward the prevention of expensive surgeries in the future. The cost of a regular eye exam is a small price to pay for the possible discovery of something serious. A problem that is caught early is a problem that has a better chance of being diagnosed and treated.
  • No problems: Many Triangle residents feel that they would notice if something was wrong. This simply isn’t always the case. Some serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma, have almost no symptoms. An eye doctor might even notice other health problems during your regular eye exam, allowing you to seek treatment before a problem worsens. http://parkophthalmology.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/4-eye-opening-health-concerns/
  • Exams are not fun: Finally, some people just don’t like going through the process of a complete eye exam. For some patients, it might be the dilating of the pupils. For others, it’s the puff of air. What people need to realize is that these tests, while not very enjoyable, do not hurt. What’s more, they can keep your eyes healthy and safe. Studies have shown that 80 percent of vision loss is actually preventable. The eyes give the human experience a wonderful picture of life. Lost vision is a huge challenge for many. Do not be in that number if it can be prevented.

Your eyesight gives you the ability to discover and take pleasure in the world around you. Be sure to care for it or you could lose that sight in the blink of an eye.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

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