Is it really necessary to get an eye exam once per year? Well, when you consider that your vision can change over time and that your old prescription may no longer be as effective for you as it should be, that would indicate the answer is yes. Now, add to that the fact that common eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts- that can affect anyone at any age- usually develop and progress without any noticeable symptoms. This is also true of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye concerns. North Country Optical is committed to your eye health and your best vision. In order to make that happen, we need your help. That means calling us to schedule your yearly eye exam with our Plattsburgh eye doctor, George Mitsoglou, O.D.
If you don’t currently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, your eye exam will determine if you do need vision correction. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are all very common visual issues that can be addressed with prescription lenses. As mentioned earlier, it is also important for our Plattsburgh eye doctor to ascertain that your current prescription is still up to date. Glasses or contacts that are no longer offering you maximum benefit can lead to difficulties reading, driving, or working at your computer. Eye strain can also result in headaches.
Eye diseases that are detected in their early stages, before there are any signs to concern you, are typically easier to treat and in the case of those that can cause vision loss, while you may not be able to recover that vision, you can prevent any additional loss through prompt diagnosis. And it’s also true that your eyes can be an indicator of problems that need to addressed in other parts of your body. During your eye exam, our Plattsburgh eye doctor may detect the possibility of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or even diabetes based on the blood vessels in your eyes. Of course, if any such condition is indicated, you will be referred back to your primary physician for follow up. And since diabetes makes your eyes prone to problems such as diabetic retinopathy, this is vital information to find out.