Things You Should Know about Your Eyes and Eye Health

Protecting your eyes is important, especially if you live in Arizona where the sun shines bright year round. Part of protecting your eyes is insuring them with individual vision in Arizona and making regular appointments to get your eyes checked. It’s difficult to get your eyes examined if you don’t have eye insurance, and if you don’t get your eyes routinely checked, you risk letting undetected eye problems get worse. Save yourself the trouble of bad eye health (and lots of money correcting eye problems) by looking into vision insurance for individuals if you don’t already have vision coverage.

In addition to getting individual vision insurance, it’s important to educate yourself about eyes and eye health. For instance, it’s not only possible for your eyes to get sunburned from not wearing sunglasses, but it’s also possible to go blind from staring directly into the sun. That means you better keep those shades nearby and you better not be planning on staring straight at the sun anytime soon.

Think you have perfect vision (and don’t need to worry about your eye health) because you have 20/20 vision? Don’t give yourself too much credit. Having 20/20 vision isn’t the same as having perfect vision—it means you can see at 20 feet what an average person can see at 20 feet. In other words, 20/20 vision is average, not perfection. Another interesting fact is that 80 percent of vision problems are avoidable or even curable. That means that having vision insurance and getting your eyes regularly checked does make a difference and can prevent bigger problems in the future. Don’t completely leave your eyes’ health in the hands of your vision insurance providers, though. There are things you can do on your own to keep your eyes healthy, such as the following:

  • Eat healthy
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear protective eyewear when playing sports
  • Let your eyes rest
  • Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam

Why You Should be Getting Regular Eye Exams

Although it’s probably pretty obvious after reading the last section why it’s important to get your eyes checked on a regular basis, there are also some not-so obvious reasons. For example, adults need routine eye exams to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. Children need routine eye exams to make sure they have normal vision development. They need the visual acuity and vision skills required for school and other activities kids are often involved in.Perhaps one of the most surprising benefits of getting regular eye exams is that eye doctors can actually see (pun intended) into your overall health just by looking at your eyes. They are often the first to detect chronic systematic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and it’s common knowledge that the sooner you catch any sort of illness, the better for the person who has it. Eye doctors will also evaluate your eyes for glasses/contacts and will look for signs of these eye diseases: 

  • Refractive error—nearsightedness, farsightedness
  • Amblyopia—lazy eye, poor depth perception
  • Strabismus—crossed eyes, eyes do not align properly
  • Eye teaming problems—eyes don’t work together correctly
  • Focusing problems—inability to focus due to blurred vision or other issues
  • Glaucoma—damage to the optic nerve, leads to vision loss
  • Diabetic retinopathy—damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye
  • Cataracts—clouding of the eye’s lens

How to Pick the Right Eye Doctor

If you’ve never had vision plans but are in the market for affordable vision insurance, you’ll want to pay special attention to this section. Once you find the best vision insurance, you’ll want to find the right eye doctor for your situation. How does one go about such a task? Start by assessing your needs:

  • Are you older with eye problems already?
  • Are you in your early twenties with good eye health?
  • Do you have a family history of eye problems?

Ask your current MD doctor or pediatrician what kind of eye doctor he or she would recommend based on your needs. You should also ask family, friends, co-workers, or those you know who wear glasses for recommendations of eye doctors they’ve liked. You’ll most likely feel much better about choosing an eye doctor when you know that someone you trust also likes the same one. It’s also important to remember when you’re searching for vision insurance plans that you find a plan that is accepted by the eye doctor you want. If your family and friends don’t have any recommendations, check with professional organizations. The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association have great resources on their websites for finding eye doctors near you. After you’ve searched through vision insurance companies, picked a plan, picked an eye doctor, set up an appointment, and then been to the appointment, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Did you wait a long time?
  • Did the exam feel complete?
  • Did he or she listen to your questions?
  • Did you feel comfortable?

The answers to these questions will help you determine whether you picked the right eye doctor. If you feel like it wasn’t quite the right fit, keep searching and try a different eye doctor. Don’t feel like you have to settle. If you do your due diligence, you will find the eye doctor that fits your needs perfectly.

Contact EMI Health Today if You Want to Improve Your Eye Health

If you're looking for affordable vision plans, EMI Health offers individual vision in Arizona and Utah that will fit your needs. We care about all of our clients and are more than happy to answer your question and help you find exactly what you need. We also offer dental in Arizona and Utah--plans that will help you get the best dental care possible. Contact us today with any insurance questions you may have by calling 1-800-662-5851 or by visiting