Don’t overlook eyes in 2020

Don’t overlook eyes in 2020
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You don’t need 20/20 vision to see the case for a 2020 eye exam. Make this the year you commit to an annual trip to the eye doctor.


The time to set New Year’s resolutions is here, and a twist on the standard resolution format is to opt for small lifestyle wins rather than mounting an all-out assault on current habits. Choose resolutions that have clear start and end points and that are attainable. Most of all, resolutions should make one feel good.

“A resolution that checks all the boxes is to get an eye exam,” VSP network doctor Jennifer Chinn said.

With a comprehensive eye exam, there’s no uncomfortable warm-up, pep talk or preparation period. To make an appointment, simply show up and the eye doctor will test different aspects of vision and eye health. An eye exam is a small investment of energy that reaps health rewards.

An eye exam doesn’t take all year. You can be certain that unlike most resolutions where some level of delayed gratification is the motivator, a comprehensive eye exam provides immediate results.

“All within your visit, you’ll learn the shape your vision is in and, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, whether your prescription has changed,” Chinn said.

Beyond ensuring great vision, an eye exam offers a look into one’s overall health. An eye exam is often the first line of defense when it comes to protecting one’s health.

During a visit the eye doctor will examine one’s eyes to check visual acuity (how clearly a person sees) and for any signs of eye conditions like dry eyes, digital eye strain, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.

“More significantly, a comprehensive eye exam gives eye doctors an unobstructed view of the eyes’ blood vessels and optic nerves, both of which can give away signs of chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and even some cancers years before a person shows symptoms,” Chinn said.

Unfortunately many outward signals of diseases and conditions don’t appear until some damage has occurred, making eye exams preventative tools to keep tabs on what’s quietly happening in the body.

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