A common New Year’s resolution is to get yourself and your family more organized. Maybe that means finally cleaning out the attic, organizing your personal file system, or creating a more orderly way to pay your bills. Whatever it is, striving to become more organized in the coming year is a goal that every person could benefit from. One way to do this is to go ahead and schedule your yearly doctor’s appointments that you know you are going to have to do. Recommended appointment schedules vary by age and gender, but below are some common appointments that are needed annually.
Primary Care Physician
It is recommended that you visit your primary care or family medicine physician at least once a year. Your primary care physician is the one you go to for all of your health basics. During your annual appointment, your primary doctor will perform a physical exam and ask general health questions. It’s extremely important to be completely honest with your primary care physician when answering their questions. Honesty is the only way your doctor will be able to identify changes or potential red flags when it comes to your health. During this annual check-up, you should also request that a comprehensive blood test is done in order to get a full picture of your health. This exam will allow your primary to refer you to specialists based on their findings, so make sure to book your annual checkup with your primary care physician as soon as you can!
Don’t skimp out on your optometrist appointment! The American Optometric Association recommends a visit to the eye doctor every two years until you reach 60 years old, but more commonly and depending on your eye health, a visit every year is recommended. Your eye doctor provides essential screening in order to detect common eye diseases, like glaucoma, diabetes, and more, at an early stage. These kinds of diseases often come later in life, but early detection is key. Your visit to your eye doctor is also the time to get your vision checked to make sure your glasses and contacts prescription is up-to-date.
Another doctor you may not think needs an annual visit is a dermatologist. However, if you have fair coloring, a family history of skin cancer or other skin diseases, or are regularly exposed to the sun, an annual exam is recommended. At an annual exam, you can expect the dermatologist to do a physical exam in order to identify potential issues. You should also ask your dermatologist what to look for so you can perform regular exams on yourself. The more you know the quicker you could potentially identify something wrong. So, even if you have a darker complexion or no family history of skin diseases, make sure to schedule a visit to your dermatologist at least once a year.
Who doesn’t want a bright, shining smile? To make sure you’re taking care of all aspects of your health, a visit to the dentist is recommended every six months. During your visit, your dentist will perform a cleaning and oral exam to check for cavities, gum disease, signs of oral cancer, and more. It’s especially important to make sure you make it to the dentist twice a year because it has been found that poor oral health is linked to other health issues, including heart attack and dementia. So, make sure to take care of your pearly whites and get your dentist appointments scheduled.
The start of a new year presents a unique opportunity to reorganize and restructure aspects of your life. If you go ahead and get your yearly exams on the calendar you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders and will feel the bliss that personal organization can bring.
Please discuss with your primary physician if you should be making any other annual appointments.