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Seattle Eye Doctors: Do I Need an Eye Exam?

Have you been wondering lately if you are seeing the world as clearly, comfortably, and
efficiently as possible? Have you been questioning whether or not you’re maximizing your
visual potential? C Fast Optometry is committed to providing the answers to these questions with a comprehensive Seattle eye exam.

Below are some common complaints from patients we see in our office:

  • While driving, taking longer to see street signs/road exits
  • Noticing an increase in glare and distortion, especially with night driving
  • For students and professionals, difficulty seeing presentations at the front of the room and noticing difficulty with smooth transitions from distance to near viewing in those settings
  • Eye strain and tired eyes, especially after long hours on the computer or reading
  • Double vision, with fatigue or at the end of the day

Some patients find that glasses just aren’t always the best option for certain activities like hiking, surfing, and performance art. Contact lenses are a great option as a supplement to glasses use.

Seattle Eye Health Services

Have You Considered the Health of Your Eyes?

Even if you have perfect vision — you can see the Seahawks from the top row at CenturyLink Field, for example — you should still be getting a comprehensive evaluation to assess eye health just as you would get a physical exam to assess your systemic health.

In fact, the two can be related. We can sometimes detect signs of systemic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, before they are diagnosed by your primary care doctor.

Also, there are some eye diseases, like glaucoma, that won’t present symptoms until you’ve lost a significant portion of your vision. We screen for these diseases in the hope of identifying and treating them as soon as possible. Below are some other common eye health conditions you might be noticing that we can evaluate and treat during your eye exam in Seattle:

  • Dry Eyes (irritated, red, itchy, or burning eyes?)
  • Allergies
  • Eye infections, including various forms of conjunctivitis
  • Complications related to contact lens use
  • Eye pain and light sensitivity
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Headaches (if they’re related to your vision)
  • Floaters in vision

You Should Have an Eye Exam… Here’s How Often

If you are still wondering about that eye exam, it’s probably time to make an appointment. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that low risk-adults between 18-64 be seen at least every two years, and then annually starting at the age of 65.

Children should also be seen annually, as their vision can have potentially larger changes in shorter intervals. Also, children should have an initial screening between 6 months to 1 year, and then a full exam between ages 3-5 years to evaluate for any conditions that could affect their vision development.

Don’t neglect the health of your eyes — it’s not worth risking your vision. Take the first step towards lifelong healthy vision by scheduling an appointment at C Fast Optometry in beautiful Seattle, WA today.