Eye Health Exam

Eye Health Exam

Your annual eye exam allows us to stay on top of any changes in your eye health that you may not have noticed. It will also give you a chance to speak with one of our eye care providers about any concerns or questions you have about your eyes and vision. Also, if there are any changes in your vision, our doctors can make sure that your corrective vision prescription is up to date.

During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

Children

All of our eye care providers see patients of all ages, including children. Children need to have an eye exam around age three, and again when they reach five or six. Before reaching first grade, parents are strongly encouraged to have their children receive a full eye exam to make sure they have no visual problems before they start elementary school.

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Adults

The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Geriatric

As you age, your risk of eye disease and vision problems rises. If you notice any unusual visual symptoms, it’s wise to have an eye exam performed as soon as possible by an eye care professional. Additionally, many common ocular conditions associated with aging can linger for a long time without symptoms, yet still causing damage. This underscores the importance of routine geriatric eye exams, which can detect signs of disease before you do! The earlier an eye disease is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can begin. This goes a long way towards preventing blindness, partial vision loss and complications.

Adults age 65 and older should have their eyes evaluated thoroughly every year or two. Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, are silent at the beginning and progress very slowly. Experts have estimated that approximately half of the American senior population has glaucoma and doesn’t know it.

Certain health conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, point to a need for more frequent eye exams. Other risk factors include a serious past eye injury, personal family history of eye disease, being African American (has a higher risk of Glaucoma) and specific medications. Your eye doctor should be consulted regarding how often to schedule a geriatric eye exam.

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