IMPORTANCE OF EYE EXAM
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VISION
Your eyesight is a precious gift. Your eyes should be checked regularly to ensure that you are able to see as best as possible. Regular eye health exams will also check for signs of eye disease or conditions that can affect not only your vision but your overall health. Vision and eye health is such a critical part in learning and development, therefore, we highly recommend eye exams for infants and children.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET AN EYE EXAM
It’s never too early to schedule an eye exam. According to the American Optometric Association, eye exams are recommended at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. These initial steps taken at an early age, help ensure a child’s vision is developing normally heading into their school years and imprints the importance of eye health and eye exams at a young age. After that, yearly eye exams are recommended.
Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes begin to weaken as we age. The risk of eye diseases increases after the age of 40, making regular eye exams even more important for older patients. There are a number of common age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration that can begin to affect your vision and your daily life. While some of these conditions are more of an inconvenience, others could lead to vision loss and dependency.
In addition to regular yearly eye exams, it is important to be aware of any changes in your eye health and vision. Also, know your potential risk factors as well as your family ocular and medical history. Over half of the vision loss worldwide is preventable with proper treatment and care.
Early detection is key in preventing and detecting eye health problems.
How you prepare
There are three different types of eye specialists. Which specialist you choose may be a matter of personal preference or will depend on the nature of your eye problem.
- Ophthalmologists. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who provide full eye care, such as giving you a complete eye exam, prescribing corrective lenses, diagnosing and treating complex eye diseases, and performing eye surgery.
- Optometrists. Optometrists provide many of the same services as ophthalmologists, such as evaluating your vision, prescribing corrective lenses, diagnosing common eye disorders, and treating selected eye diseases with drugs. If you have a complex eye problem or need surgery, your doctor can refer you to an ophthalmologist.
- Opticians. Opticians fill prescriptions for eyeglasses, including assembling, fitting, and selling them. Opticians do not provide eye health evaluations.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN EYE EXAM?
A typical eye exam checks both your eyesight and your eye health. The Snellen eye chart is the first and most basic way to test how well you see. If your eyesight is not 20/20, your eye doctor will test for refractive errors like myopia and hyperopia, more commonly known as near- and far-sightedness.
Your eye doctor will also put you through a series of tests designed to catch eye conditions and diseases early. Most develop at a later stage in life, like glaucoma and cataracts. Others, like amblyopia, or lazy eye, may occur during infancy. Most can be treated with greater ease if detected early on which is just one of the reasons why eye exams are important. Plus, annual eye exams, and regular pediatric eye exams for children, offer a lifetime of comfort in knowing what needs to be done to keep your vision clear and your eyes healthy. Eye exams, and regular pediatric eye exams for children, offer a lifetime of comfort in knowing what needs to be done to keep your vision clear and your eyes healthy.
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WINDOWS TO GREATER HEALTH
Regular eye exams are just plain good sense, for your vision, your general health, and your finances. You can schedule an exam online and find a location that’s convenient for you. Nervous about getting your eyes checked?
The Independent Doctors of Optometry have some of the latest exam technology available.