School will be starting soon. Free-range kids are unhappy. Over-frazzled parents are ecstatic. Vacations are wrapping up. Hurricane season is ramping up.
And, throughout the frenzy, one thing remains important — your eyes! Without them, you would miss seeing the “Back-to-School” sale flyers. The forecast “Cone of Destruction”. That last, stunning sunset of summer. Your new kindergartner waving good-bye as he boards the school bus for the first time.
A thorough eye exam is essential for a multitude of reasons. Contrary to opinion, it is not just to sell you a pair of glasses or a supply of contact lenses. While that is an important part of the whole, it is not the primary intention. There’s more than one purpose behind scheduling an annual visit with your optometrist.
Your eyes truly are a window. If not to your soul, then to your physiological self. A good, comprehensive eye exam reveals a whole slew of information to your eye doctor. Besides the obvious eye-related conditions – such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts – your eyes can tell the doctor about systemic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. He can also detect neurological ailments like stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and, sometimes, brain tumors! Often, a condition can be detected before symptoms present themselves.
Then, of course, there are the awesome eyeglass frames that you get to choose when the examination is over! You survived the hard part. Now it’s time to have fun! Think of frame selection as the pot of gold at the end of your optical rainbow!
It’s also a good idea to schedule your kids for an eye exam before the school year begins. Like a field of corn, kids seem to shoot up as the season marches on. Often, when children experience a growth spurt, their vision will change along with their jeans and shoe sizes.
Overall, August signals the end. The end of Summer. The end of long days. The end of childhood freedom. But it can signal the beginning of your best – and healthiest – eyes ever!