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New Year’s Resolution: An Eye Exam

Annual Eye Exam Gallup New Mexico Optometrist

It is nearly the end of January and much of the “New Year” hype may be over, but it isn’t too late to make resolutions for the new year… eat fewer sweets, drink less soda, exercise more often, quit smoking… we’ve heard it all before. But, what about your eyes?

This year, consider adding something to your list of resolutions: scheduling eye exams for you and your family.┬áRegular, comprehensive eye exams ensure that patients can see clearly and comfortably, but the exam is also a tool in assuring that no adverse vision conditions are present. As we all grow older, our eyes change and having them examined can lead to the early detection of vision problems, like Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which sets in gradually over time. Oftentimes, by the time a person realizes they have AMD their vision has deteriorated and it’s too late for treatment.

The American Optometric Association recommends that Adults between the ages of 18-60 should have an eye exam every two years; and annually for adults over age 60. Many insurance companies will cover one annual comprehensive eye exam per year.

We rely on our vision for so many things, and eye health is often overlooked. Adding an eye exam to your regular health care routine is a New Year’s Resolution that is easy to accomplish and can make a big difference in your overall health.