The benefits of an eye exam beyond vision correction

Published on
December 31, 2022

An eye exam is an important part of maintaining good eye health, but it can also provide valuable information about a person's overall health and well-being. In fact, an eye exam can detect a wide range of health conditions that may not be apparent during other types of medical exams. Here are some of the benefits of an eye exam beyond vision correction:

Early detection of chronic conditions

An eye exam can help detect and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These conditions often have no symptoms in the early stages, but can cause serious health problems if left unchecked. An eye exam can help identify these conditions early on, allowing for timely treatment and better management of the condition. If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, call us today at (360) 491-2121. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced eye care conveniently located in Olympia.

Detection of eye injuries and emergencies

An eye exam can help detect and manage eye injuries and emergencies, such as a detached retina or a foreign object in the eye. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help prevent serious vision loss.

Detection of brain tumors

An eye exam can sometimes detect brain tumors and other neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. This is because the eye is connected to the brain through a series of nerves and blood vessels, and changes in the eye can be an early sign of a problem in the brain.

Detection of other health conditions

An eye exam can also detect other health conditions such as thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, and even certain types of cancer. For example, an eye exam can detect changes in the blood vessels in the eye that may indicate the presence of cancer.

In addition to these benefits, an eye exam can also help identify vision problems that may be affecting a person's daily life, such as difficulty reading or driving at night. By identifying and addressing these problems early on, an eye exam can help improve a person's quality of life and overall well-being.

How often should you have an eye exam?

It is recommended that adults have an eye exam every two to four years, depending on their age, overall health, and risk factors for vision problems. Children should have their eyes examined at least once between the ages of three and five, and again before starting school. By scheduling regular eye exams, people can take an important step towards maintaining good eye health and overall well-being.

Schedule an eye exam at American Family Vision Clinic 

If you would like a thorough evaluation of your eye health and its function, we welcome you to schedule an evaluation at American Family Vision Clinic. Our optometrists have extensive experience, advanced technology, and provide caring service to patients from Olympia and the surrounding communities. To schedule an eye exam call us at (360) 491-2121 or Book an Appointment .


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Anna P.

I had such a good experience with the clinic. Very friendly staff and doctor, did not have to wait for long to be called, and was treated respectfully. Thanks, American Family.

June S.

Dr. Zurcher has gone above and beyond what any other eye doctor has ever done to figure out what is going on with my eyes. Very happy with American Family Vision.

Christine R.

Family Vision Clinic changed our lives! My daughter was frequently car sick, and she was getting headaches every day, often painful enough that they brought her to tears. We saw a string of doctors and therapists, but we made no progress. Finally, we found Dr. Levi Zurcher and his eye therapist Rain. After ten weeks of eye therapy my daughter no longer gets headaches, and she no longer gets car sick. Daily tears are a thing of the past. I really can’t say enough about this clinic. It was fascinating to watch Dr. Zurcher work. For the first time, someone who knew what they were doing was intently studying my daughter, really trying to figure out all of her eye issues, and his therapist Rain is one of the most patient and lovely people that I’ve ever had the good fortune to meet. We’re finished with eye therapy—yay!—and I have switched to American Family Vision Clinic for all of my family’s other eye health needs.

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Very professional, yet kind and helpful. They do what they can to make the appointment comfortable. I was running a bit late, I made sure ti call. They were able to switch me with a patient who was already there, they treated me with respect, and helped my son have confidence by getting him the eye care he needed that day. Thank you so much! Would recommend to anyone. It's a blessing that they care enough to work with people who have all different types of insurance from work to state coverage.

Justin E.

The staff is friendly. The Doc is very knowledgeable. The office is family friendly and everyone is so patient with the little ones.

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