While most people correlate a visit to the optometrist with getting their vision checked, this is not always the case. Although this is most definitely the most common reason to visit the optometrist, there are other eye related issues that your optometrist can help you with. This article will discuss 3 reasons to visit the optometrist, even when you are not getting your vision checked. 

Dry Eye Issues

If you notice that your eyes are excessively dry, then it may be a good idea to visit the optometrist so that he can further examine them. It may be something as simple as the hydration levels in your body being too low, but it could also be a sign of another more serious eye issue. You may need to begin putting eye drops in your eyes in order to keep them moist, or you may need to have surgery done on your eyes in a more extreme case scenario.

Glasses Repair

If you damage the frames or lenses of your glasses in any way, you can take them into your optometrist to have them repaired. Most simple repairs can be done right then and there, using the eyeglasses screwdriver, lens glue, and other equipment and tools that your optometrist has in his office. However, more detailed repairs may require your optometrist to order in a new part for your glasses, so you may just be dropping them off. If this is the case, it is best to either use contact lenses or a backup pair of glasses that you have on hand while your normal pair of glasses is being fixed. 

Help With Using Contact Lenses

If you are getting contact lenses for the first time, learning how to use them can be quite tricky. It can also be painful if you put them in your eyes incorrectly. To save yourself a lot of time, frustration, and potential pain, you can make a trip into see your optometrist when your contact lenses first arrive in the mail. They will be able to show you how to put them in the contact solution to initially prepare them for your eyes, including how much solution to use. They will also be able to show you how to tell if your contact is the right direction to be placed in your eye, and how you can put it on your eye without any pain.