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Visiting the optician for an eye exam isn't something most of us love to do, although regular check ups can prevent health issues and other problems now and in the future. 

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Of course, an eye exam will indicate whether you need reading glasses, glasses for long-sightedness, or contact lenses. However, even if your vision is perfect, that doesn't necessarily mean you have healthy eyes, and an eye exam can alert you to various other eye conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts. A simple eye test at your optician can also alert you to other issues which may affect your vision and even your safety, such as depth perception and your ability to differentiate between colours. Ideally, you should have a thorough eye exam once every one or two years, especially if you already wear glasses or have had problems with your vision. If you already wear glasses, it's just as important to have your eyes tested regularly, in case the strength of your lenses has changed and you need something different.

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Other Diseases and Conditions

An eye exam can not only give you information about your eyesight, it can also potentially alert you as to whether you have the early stages of various other diseases or conditions. Visiting your opticians can give you an accurate idea of how much of a risk you are at for developing heart disease and diabetes, as well as high blood pressure. The risk factor for various types of cancer can also be assessed during an eye exam, as well as for sickle cell anemia, and even the colour of your eyes can be an indication of whether you are at risk of getting liver disease. And serious conditions such as brain tumours, multiple sclerosis and leukemia can all be diagnosed to some extent simply by examining the eyes. If you wear contact lenses, problems with your lenses can also be a clue that something more serious is going on; blurry lenses can sometimes be a sign of a stroke. An eye exam can often tell you much more than what type of glasses you need.

Other Reasons to Visit Your Optician

As can be seen, there are various potential health benefits in visiting your optician regularly for an eye exam. And if you neglect your eyes, it can not only have serious health consequences in the future, but it can make your daily life quite uncomfortable and inconvenient. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses, but don't bother to, you probably know how difficult it can make watching television, reading and driving. Driving without corrective lenses if you need them is not only dangerous, but is against the law too. Many children find that their school work suffers if they can't see the board or their computer screen, and that can lead to headaches and other issues. If you have put off getting an eye exam, perhaps because you don't think you need one, it's time to reconsider.