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It is vital to have regular eye evaluations no matter what your age or physical condition.
Before you can choose your eyewear, first you’ll need an exam. Our skilled, caring optometrists are available to administer all the normal vision testing. We also perform a Snellen eye test where measurements are taken with a phoropter and other instruments in the office.
We’ll have to check the severity of your refractive error and examine your eye health before we’ll know exactly what kind of lenses to prescribe for you. While we’re at it, we’ll test your depth perception, color perception, responsiveness to light and your peripheral vision. This way, if we find something that’s indicative of a problem with your eyes, we can get it corrected to ensure that the glasses continue to work. Finally, if you are looking for contact lenses, we’ll administer a few extra exams. We’ll take measurements of your eye and determine whether or not contact lenses are a good fit for you.
When you go for your comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will look at many aspects of your eye health including checking for any eye related diseases, how your eyes work together and assessing how your eye health factors into your general well-being.
Your eye doctor will include a number of different tests when performing a thorough eye evaluation in order to assess your overall eye health and vision. These tests will typically include simple and complex checks ranging from reading an eye chart to the use of specialized equipment which looks at the health of your inner eye.
You should have a complete eye check-up every one to three years as recommended by eye experts. This time frame can differ depending on individual circumstances such as your age and overall health.
Children. As it is estimated that up to almost a quarter of pre-schoolers and school-aged children can have vision problems, it is recommended by the American Optometric Association (AOA), that children should have their eyes examined at the age of 6 months, 3 years and when they begin school. If there are no vision problems present, children should then continue to have their eyes checked at least every two years during their school years.
Those children with existing vision problems or well known risk factors for vision issues should have their eyes checked more often. Some of these risk factors include the following: premature birth, delays in development, crossed eyes, a family history of eye problems or a history of eye injury or other general illness or condition.
It is suggested by the AOA that children with glasses or contact lenses have their eyes tested once a year or as their eye doctors recommends. See more information on Pediatric Eye Exams here.
Adults. Any adult who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses is encouraged by the AOA to have a yearly check-up. Those with no need for vision correction should also have an eye examination every two to three years up until the age of 40 contingent on any changes in vision and age. Those with eye problems or health conditions which can have an impact on vision such as high blood pressure or diabetes should have their eyes examined more regularly based on on the instruction of their doctor.
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. After the age of 40, your eyes should be tested every one to two years to monitor for age related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, presbyopia and cataracts. You can read more about Vision After 40 here.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. After the age of 60, eye diseases become more common so it is important to have a yearly eye exam. Read more about Vision After 60 here.
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