Do I Really Need an Eye Exam Every Year?

Your St. Petersburg Eye Doctor Serving Pinellas County

Do you really need to see your eye doctor every year? The answer is yes. But why? Well, the thing with our eyes is that they are constantly changing as we grow older. And even though you might feel like your eyes are seeing the same way they were just one short year ago, there might be changes happening that you just haven’t noticed yet. In fact, there are actually a number of eye conditions that develop slowly or without noticeable symptoms. Fortunately, our thorough medical eye exams are designed to detect and assess all of the potential risks your eyes face.

Additionally, in many cases, the early detection of diseases and disorders can lead to more effective treatment and the prevention of an onset of more threatening conditions.

Common Eye Exam Diagnoses

Among the most common problems Dr. Ryczek diagnoses are:

  • Glaucoma – As the leading cause of blindness in Americans, this condition can develop without symptoms. Unfortunately, once vision loss occurs the damage is irreversible, but with early treatment, progression can be stopped.
  • Cataracts – This condition develops in about 91% of Americans over the age of 75, but with early detection, treatment can be effective for restoring and improving your impaired vision.
  • Improper prescription use – When you skip your regular eye exam because you think you’re seeing clearly with your current glasses or contact, you can actually end up using an out-of-date prescription that can cause a slow onset of uncomfortable symptoms, such frequent headaches and regular squinting.

The good news is that most insurance plans cover a significant portion of yearly eye exams, and some plans even offer benefits that cover a portion of materials and procedures. With the right insurance coverage, the only thing standing in the way of scheduling your routine check-up is your schedule. At our St. Petersburg office, we try to keep later office hours, even staying open until 6 p.m. on Thursdays to accommodate busy schedules. And we also provide an online patient portal to speed up the paperwork process to make your visits a more productive use of your time.

To find out more about scheduling your next eye exam at our St. Petersburg office, call 727-327-8855. Our team of staff can help you choose a date and time to suit your needs and we can walk through the process of preparing for your exam ahead of time.

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