Your vision is perhaps one of the most important senses that you possess. Without the ability to see, your world would be a perpetually dark place where you would miss out on a great deal of what is going on around you from one moment to the next. You would not be able to see the faces of loved ones and navigating the area around your Wichita home would be a challenge to say the least. Yet, with the help of Dr. Patel at the Wichita Vision Institute, you will hopefully be able to preserve the full extent of your vision well into old age. For this reason, a regular eye exam with our eye doctor is not only important, it is a must. In fact, you may not realize this, but there are numerous benefits to working with Dr. Patel that you may not even know about or think about very much. In fact, the following are some of the benefits our Wichita eye doctor provides you with that serves to improve the quality of your life and the lives of others around you.
The Regular Eye Exam
Every year, you and your family visit our local Wichita eye doctor to have your vision checked out. After receiving drops in your eyes, you are asked to read eye charts to assess the extent to which your vision has or has not changed since your last visit. In the event that you or another member of your family has experienced significant changes in your visual acuity, Dr. Patel will run a battery of tests to determine the nature of such changes. These tests could reveal anything from normal, age related causes of vision loss to serious complications that are best addressed sooner than later. You never know when you or a member of your family will begin to exhibit signs of a cataract, glaucoma, RP or experience the onset of severe vision loss due to a detached retina. Something as routine as an annual eye exam can be a critical step in catching problems like these early and help you or a member of your family to gain access to the most recent advancements in modern eye care to combat such complications to your visual health.
Identifying Other Health Concerns
Your eyes are more than just windows to your soul, they are also windows your eye doctor look through to determine if you have other serious health conditions. Since the blood vessels of your eyes are delicate, damage exhibited to these blood vessels may be a sign that something far more serious is going on with your overall health and well-being. This kind of damage could be a sign of type-two diabetes, chronic high blood pressure or even a stroke. By catching this kind of damage early on, this will do more than simply improve your vision. It will help you to identify and address the root cause of the damage that will aid you in addressing the underlying cause that is damaging other aspects of your health as well. Without the routine care of your Wichita eye doctor, you may not have even known about these lingering health concerns or the damage they are causing.