Not all optometrist is the same, and not all eye exam is the same either!
Picture an eye exam and what do you see?
A chart on the wall on the other side of the room and you in a chair, trying to read the tiny letters on the bottom line, first with one eye then with the other. If you can read the bottom line, your vision is perfect. If you can’t, you need glasses. Right? Not necessarily!
Good vision is much much more than just 20/20
So even if you test at 20/20 (with or without correction), you could still have other visual problems that would easily be missed during a simple eye test. When these deficiencies get missed, they could eventually lead to problems with acuity. So a person could end up needing glasses (or stronger glasses) when the real causes of the problem aren’t addressed. Problems in these other areas might cause symptoms such as: double vision, headaches, tiredness, poor depth perception, difficulty concentrating while reading, eye strain, burning, stinging, dry eyes and more.
Balanced visual functioning requires that:
- the eyes move easily and smoothly from point to point and work together as a team
- the brain can effectively use peripheral vision
- the brain can easily process visual information.
Using glasses that were prescribed after only a simple eye test for distance or near-point acuity could very likely lead to further visual stress. If there are other unaddressed visual problems, this could even lead to prescriptions that get stronger and stronger and a general feeling of discomfort and fatigue. All of which could set the stage for even more serious eye problems to develop.
It’s very important that you get a complete and thorough examination from an optometrist who understands the interconnectedness of all aspects of vision.
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