Ives Eyecare Center
“I’ve never needed glasses and I see just fine…
Why do I need an annual eye exam?”
A common misperception when seeing an Optometrist is that all they perform are Vision Exams for a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses. This is absolutely not true! While some practices focus primarily on vision care, ALL optometrists have been well trained to diagnose, treat and monitor many eye conditions that you may not know you have.
Have you been diagnosed with Diabetes? What about high cholesterol, Hypertension or a past stroke? Do you have dry, itchy eyes, floaters, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus Erythematosus, Sjogren’s Disease or other inflammatory condition? Then you also should be evaluated by an eye doctor yearly!
Many systemic conditions can manifest in the eyes first being that the eyes contain the smallest blood vessels in the body. Comprehensive eye evaluations can show signs of mismanaged Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many systemic inflammatory diseases. Diabetes is still the number cause of preventable blindness in the United States. Preventable!
What about kids?
The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams for infants between the ages of 6 months to 1 year old, at 3 years old, and prior to entering 1st grade. An Optometrist does not just check your vision for a glasses prescription, they evaluate the health of all aspects of your eyes internally, externally, and how well your visual system works with both eyes together.
Many young children are misdiagnosed with learning disabilities and reading disorders that are often associated with a visual function problem that could easily be mended with a pair of glasses.
At Ives Eyecare Center, we strive to provide the best comprehensive care for our community.
We have served 75 years of practice in the West Newton location and are currently 3 generations strong. We are invested in the continued care we provide to our patients and aim to exceed expectations. If you struggle with fluctuating or blurred vision, or simply haven’t had a comprehensive exam in years, contact us today for an appointment!
Visit our website for more information about different eye conditions and diseases we commonly manage:
West Newton: 724-872-5621