Did you know… The Vision Council of America notes that 12.2 million Americans require some sort of vision correction but don’t use any. More shockingly, nearly 50% of parents with children under 12 have never taken their children to an eyecare professional.

With August being National Eye Exam month, there is not a better time to take charge of your family’s vision health. It is one of our most prized senses! Think you have “good enough” vision? Here are 5 reasons why you should get an annual eye exam.

Save a headache. If you suffer from frequent, unexplained headaches, your vision may be playing a role. A simple, routine eye exam could pinpoint the cause.

Perform well in school. One out of every four children has vision problems. A common reason children fall behind in school is poor, undetected vision.

Determine prescription. Your eyes change over time so regular eye exams are extremely important to reduce eyestrain and help you see better.

Detect eye conditions. Believe it or not, an optometrist is able to spot the early onset signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and high cholesterol through a routine eye exam.

Prevent conditions. Many serious eye diseases often do not show symptoms. Through a routine eye exam, an optometrist could see the early signs of macular degeneration or cataracts. Early detection is important to prevent serious damage.