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5 Reasons to See Your Optometrist by the End of the Year

The end of the year is fast approaching, and for many people, that means one thing: Time to get an eye exam!

Okay, so maybe that’s not the first thing that comes to mind during your busy holiday season. But here are five good reasons why an eye exam should be at the top of your to-do list.

Flex the Halls
Many Medical Aids or health insurance plans allow the use of flex spending accounts for eye care. These accounts are set to expire at the end of the calendar year, so if you haven’t used your flex money yet, getting an eye exam is a great way to make sure the money doesn’t go to waste.

Summer Is Coming
Summer weather is fast approaching. And that means more than just beach holidays and quality time outdoors. For your eyes, it also means seasonal hazards such as irritation from exposure to UV, or dry eye due to air-conditioning. Working with eyecare professionals to ensure your eyes stay protected can help prevent problems before they begin.

Twinkle, Twinkle
Holidays are notoriously stressful, with many people experiencing an upswing in headaches or other stress-related health problems. Your eyes can actually be a contributing factor. The harsher sunlight during the summer months means your eyes are put under extra strain thanks to an increased glare and exposure. Not to mention all those blinking, twinkling holiday lights challenging your night vision. Your eye doctor can help formulate a plan to reduce the strain on your eyes – which can even reduce the stress of the holidays.

Make a List, Check it Twice
Hypertension. Diabetes. Gallstones. Cancer. What seems like a minor problem with your eyes could actually be a warning sign for one of these serious medical conditions. A routine eye exam might do more than simply help your vision – it could save your life.

Old Year’s Resolutions
If there’s one thing the holiday season is good for, it’s giving us a legitimate reason to procrastinate. It’s so busy, right? We can just get our eyes checked next year. But the truth is, the New Year is going to be just as busy as the old. So make an appointment to see your eye doctor now – and make sure it doesn’t become just another failed New Year’s resolution.