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Importance of Regular Eye Exams

eye examYes, we know you’re busy… but the frequency of eye examinations is vital as we age and we want you to understand the importance of them.

Your eyes should be checked regularly to ensure that you are able to see as well as possible, and for some eye diseases that have minimal or do not have symptoms at all, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. During your regular eye exam, we look for initial signs of these diseases. Early detection for eye disease and treatment is essential to stopping or slowing down the progression of the disease.

Adults (18 up to 60 years)

Adults should have complete eye exams every two years, if there are no risk factors. If you have a family history of eye disease, you need to have an eye exam at least once a year. Most lens prescriptions for contacts and glasses expire after one year, so keep that in mind as you re-order your next eyewear.

Adults (61 years & older)

After the age of 61, it’s important to receive complete eye exams annually. When our body ages, our eyes do as well. Age is also a risk factor of glaucoma and early detection can save your vision with necessary treatment.

Children (6 months up to 18 years)

Children should receive their first complete eye exam at 6 months of age, and again before they start school. If there are no risk factors, children should have eye exams every two years until they reach 18 years of age.

Children are developing myopia (nearsightedness) more frequently than ever before. When children suffer from vision loss or eye disease, it tends to progress as they age. Receiving regular eye exams can help with early detection, prevention and treatment. Eye exams can also tell us more than just how your vision is. We can determine serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and more.

People with Special Risks

Adults or children with diabetes, family history of eye disease, a previous eye trauma, etc. may need to receive complete eye exams more frequently.

Regular eye examinations are important for all ages. At each stage of life your body changes, and most likely your vision will too. Don’t let the New Year get ahead of you – make an appointment today! Call: 941-756-2020