It’s so easy to take our eyesight for granted when our vision seems to be perfectly fine. But it’s important to get regular, comprehensive eye exams to check for eye conditions and diseases that can lead to vision loss or even blindness if not caught early.
Many eye conditions don’t exhibit early symptoms, and they could cause irreversible damage to your vision. During a comprehensive eye exam, we check for every potential eye disease, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and refractive problems.
Eight tests or screenings are done during a comprehensive eye exam. A refractive assessment will be able to determine if you have nearsightedness, where you see nearby objects clearly, but distant objects are blurry. It can tell if you have farsightedness, where distant objects are seen clearly but objects close to the eye are blurry. It can also determine if you have astigmatism, where your cornea is more oblong than round, causing blurred vision. If you have any of these refractive errors, your doctor will talk to you about vision correction options such as glasses and contacts.
A glaucoma screening is another important test that uses a puff of air shot onto the front of the eye, measuring the pressure in the eye. When pressure builds inside the eyeball, it damages the optic nerve and your vision. Often glaucoma symptoms don’t present until you’ve lost a significant amount of vision.
If you don’t currently wear glasses or contact lenses, have a chronic disease such as diabetes that can affect your eyes, or have a family history of eye disease, here are the recommendations by the American Optometric Association for regular eye exams:
- Children under age 3 should see their pediatrician to check for common eye problems.
- Children ages 3-5 should have eye examinations at the Eye and LASIK Center.
- School-age children and teens should be checked every 1-2 years.
- Adults in their 20s and 30s should get an exam every 5-10 years.
- Adults ages 40-54 should have exams every 2-4 years.
- Adults ages 55-64 need exams every 1-3 years.
- Adults age 65 and older should have exams every year.
To learn more about or to schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call Eye & LASIK Center today at (800) 676-5050.