Why Do I Need an Eye Exam?

Why Do I Need an Eye Exam?

September 3, 2020

If you’ve received a reminder that it is time for your eye exam, you may be wondering whether you really need to make time for that appointment, particularly if your vision seems fine and you don’t have any concerns about your eyes. However, the truth is that eye exams are a lot like regular servicing on a car. You might not be experiencing problems right now, but by attending an eye exam, you can potentially prevent problems from occurring in the future.


Here’s what you need to know about why you need to make sure that you attend your annual or routine scheduled eye exams.

Eye exams are designed to help you to see clearly

For most of us, vision is our most important sense. When we smell, feel, taste, or hear something, we tend to use our eyes and vision to confirm it. However, for this interpretation to be correct, our vision needs to be clear. Since our eyesight can change quite a lot during the course of a year, it is important to attend regular eye exams so that you can be assured that your vision is as clear as possible.


There are lots of different things that can affect the quality of our vision, but one of the most common is a refractive eye error. This is a problem with the way that light passes through the eyes. Instead of falling onto the retina at the back of the eye so that it can be correctly interpreted by the brain, the light is focused in front or behind it. This means the message sent from the eyes to the brain is garbled and our brain can’t detect a clear image. Instead, the object that we are looking at appears blurred.


Nearsightedness (myopia), hyperopia (far sightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia are the most common refractive eye conditions and can be corrected used prescription lenses – either in glasses or as contact lenses – or using laser vision surgery. Visual acuity testing is used to the check for the presence of these conditions, and if detected, your eye doctor will be able to recommend a prescription that can correct your vision, enabling you to see with exceptional clarity again.


You could have visual acuity problems if you experience any of the following:


  • Blurred vision when objects are far away, but those nearby appear clear

  • Blurred vision when objects are near, but those at distance appear clear

  • Blurred vision at all distances

  • Persistent headaches/migraines

  • You have difficulty driving at night

  • You experience headaches, dizziness, painful eyes or other ocular symptoms after using a computer or screen for long periods

  • You notice any other concerning changes in your vision

Eye exams are used to assess the health of your eyes too

Many people have the misconception that eye exams focus purely on the quality and acuity of their vision. However, this is far from the case. Eye exams are also used to assess the health and overall condition of the eyes. This is done via a series of different tests and assessments which will be explained to you by your eye doctor.


There are a wide range of different diseases and conditions that can affect our eyes. Caught early, many can be treated. However, if they can develop, some of these conditions can have serious and permanent consequences for our vision. Undergoing regular eye exams, regardless of visual acuity, can help to detect serious eye problems at the earliest stage when they are most treatable.


Some of the most common eye issues include the following:

  • Age-related macular degeneration

  • Cataracts

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Glaucoma

  • Uveitis

  • Floaters

  • Dry eyes

  • Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD)

  • Retinal detachment

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Corneal diseases such as keratoconus

  • Blepharitis


Prompt diagnosis and treatment is crucial, and regular eye exams will give your eye doctor the best chance of spotting any of these conditions.


To schedule your eye exam, please call our friendly and knowledgeable team at Family Vision Care Associates today at (914)-359-3300.

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