Did you know that your health can affect your vision? People with chronic health issues, like diabetes and high blood pressure, are at higher risk of losing part or all of their vision.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help keep your vision healthy, such as getting an eye exam. July is Healthy Vision Month and a great time to schedule an appointment with your HealthLinc eye doctor!

Why are eye exams important?

Getting a comprehensive eye exam each year is a good habit. During these exams, your eye doctor will look at the inside and outside of your eye. These exams can help identify issues with your sight, eye strength and more. Even if there is nothing wrong with your vision, your eye doctor can identify areas that may need help, which can prevent or lower vision loss over time.

Eye exams are not all about your vision, though. By visiting your eye doctor every year, you are increasing the chances of catching serious health issues like autoimmune conditions, certain types cancer and heart disease.

When do I need to start getting yearly eye exams?

Eyesight is an important part of growth and development. This means that a comprehensive eye exam should be a part of everyone’s wellness routine. The American Optometric Association recommends the following schedule for children:

Adults with a low risk of vision issues should see their eye doctor at least every two years, and those at risk for issues should get their eyes examined every year. People who are at risk include those with a family history of vision issues, people who wear contact lenses, those who have had an eye injury or eye surgery in the past and those who work a high-risk job.

Does HealthLinc offer vision care?

Yes, HealthLinc offers optometry services at the following clinics: East Chicago Harbor, Mishawaka and Valparaiso. You can schedule an appointment with a HealthLinc eye doctor by calling 1-888-580-1060. HealthLinc accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), most commercial insurance plans, and provides care for uninsured patients. Services will be provided on a sliding fee scale based on household size and income, regardless of a patient’s insurance status.