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Going Beyond a Prescription

POSTED ON May 29, 2009

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So what is the point of going to the vision doctor anyway? If your eyes are going bad you don’t need the best eye doctor in the world to tell you that, you’ll know right? Well, in some cases yes; but did you know that by just looking into your eyes, an optometrist can often predict whether you’re at risk for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, stroke, or ...

So what is the point of going to the vision doctor anyway? If your eyes are going bad you don’t need the best eye doctor in the world to tell you that, you’ll know right? Well, in some cases yes; but did you know that by just looking into your eyes, an optometrist can often predict whether you’re at risk for diabetes, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, stroke, or even heart disease?

This is yet another reason it is so important to go every year (or every other year) and visit your eye doctor. There are so few people who visit an eye doctor before they have symptoms…but by then, it could be a little late. According to the World Health Organization, 75 percent of the world’s blindness could be prevented! That’s huge! All you have to do is go in and have a thorough eye examination. (www.drtavel.com/schedule/) This means going beyond a simple prescription check, but actually testing the muscles of the eye, testing your retina, and even testing for glaucoma, among other things.

You should also remember that bringing in your kids for a complete children’s eye exam is vital to protecting their health as well. Research done by the Vision Council notes that 1 out of every 4 children has an undiagnosed vision impairment. Don’t let that happen to your children.

In my opinion, its better (and safer) to start visiting Dr. Tavel’s Indiana eye doctors regularly at an early age so that you can detect and start treating any issues even before symptoms start to show up.

A quality eye examination can make a world of difference. Don’t wait until it’s too late; protect your vision and your health. Check yearly!

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