Keey an Eye On Your Vision Health
Eye exams at every stage of life can help keep your vision strong. Vision correction is just one reason to have your eyes examined regularly. Regular eye exams are also important for early detection and treatment of eye diseases.
Comprehensive Exams for all Ages
Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable. During your exam, your eyes will be examined for visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment, and movement. Your eyes may also be dialated so the doctor can see inside your eyes and check for signs of health problems or chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Any changes to your vision or eyes should always be checked immediately. Some early warning signs might include: flashes of light, new onset of floaters, blurred or distorted vision, including painful or red eyes.
Eye Exams: How Often?
Infants and children need to maintain good vision, and correcting vision problems early in their lives helps them develop better physically and educationally. An infant’s eye should be examined for general eye health. At age three and a half, a child should have a comprehensive eye exam. At age five, children should have a preschool vision and motility evaluation.
Teens and adults up to age 40 should have periodic eye exams. Adults should be examined annually if they have diabetes or any risk factors for eye disease due to race, family history or other conditions. Sudden changes to vision or injury require immediate attention.
Adults over the age of 40 should have regular annual exams. There are many sight threatening diseases that can be treated if caught early enough. Regular check-ups are vital to early detection and treatment.