The majority of us lead busy lives and it can be difficult to keep up with ever-growing schedules. We have jobs to commute to. We have social engagements to attend. Most days, we have plenty of places to be and plenty of people to see.
So, it’s really not all that surprising that many of us will put off basic health checks in favor of other things on our to-do lists. Sure, these health checks might not be all that interesting and, often, you’ll find you go simply to be told that everything is A-okay and you can be on your merry way. But these check ups are important. If you are suffering from any problems you’re unaware of, they can help to identify the issues sooner rather than later, allowing you to get the treatment you need before it becomes painful, dangerous or particularly expensive. So consider this a gentle nudge from your friendly, neighborhood blogger! Here are a few check ups you should schedule right now (GO DO IT!) —
The first appointment I would encourage you to book is an eye test. Now, there really is no excuse to miss this kind of test. It doesn’t involve any pain or particular discomfort. Often, if issues are detected, you don’t have to undergo any painful or uncomfortable treatment. All you have to do is go along to the test, have your eyes checked out from front to back and then undergo some simple visual tests to ensure your sight hasn’t deteriorated or worsened. What’s more? This test only needs to be scheduled once every two years. Everyone will be able to find half an hour free once every two years, no matter how busy you may be! Find a good optometrist and arrange an appointment. You don’t want to face issues such as glaucoma, cataracts or a displaced retina untreated. Your eye test could even help to identify illnesses like diabetes if there are early warning signs.
Dental Check Ups
A second check up you need to fit in is a dental check up. These will need to be attended a little more regularly than eye tests. Most dentists will recommend that you see them at least once a year, but preferably once every six months. During your check up, the dentist will survey the health of your gums, identify any issues such as decay with your teeth and recommend treatments as necessary. This could include fillings, root canals, a tooth crown or anything else you may need. Before leaving, you can request a scale and polish, which will leave your teeth shining and clean!
A less common check up, but one that many people need nonetheless, is a hearing test. You only need to book one of these in if you take note of any changes in your ability to hear. During a hearing test, an audiologist will be able to diagnose any problems and suggest equipment such as hearing aids to help if you happen to need them!
Of course, there are other health checks you may need. But these are the basics and should get the ball rolling in the right direction for you! Now, go schedule some appointments.