Regular eye exams with a qualified eye care professional are a cornerstone in healthy vision. Not only do eye exams determine the need for vision correction (e.g., glasses and contacts), but they also play a key role in detecting and treating eye conditions early.
At our premier eye care practice, we do more than assess your quality of vision. Regular eye exams allow us to evaluate your eye health, correct existing vision problems and monitor conditions including amblyopia (eye alignment), presbyopia, glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Our team invites you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for you and your family today.
When to Schedule an Eye Exam
When was the last time you had an eye exam? Several factors may determine how frequently you need an exam, including your age, health and risk of developing eye diseases. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends regular eye exams at the following ages:
- At 6 months of age for infants
- At age 3 and then again 5 or 6 for young children
- Every two years for grade-school children and teenagers
- Every two years for adults ages 18 to 60
- Once a year or as recommended for children and adults who wear prescription eyewear
What to Expect During Your Eye Exam
At our comprehensive vision practice, we offer both routine and comprehensive eye exams. Although both involve using many of the same tests, a comprehensive eye exam is a more in-depth assessment of your eye health and thus takes longer to complete. Eye exams with a qualified eye care professional consist of the following tests:
- Visual acuity tests to measure the sharpness of your vision
- Color blindness test to screen for color blindness and conditions that may affect your color vision
- Cover test to check eye alignment and how well your eyes work together
- Eye movement test
- Depth perception test
- Refractive tests to measure vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism
- Pupil dilation to examine the internal structures of the eye
The tests performed during your eye exam with us will depend on several factors, including your age, vision health and overall health. Our highly knowledgeable staff are experienced and trained in performing comprehensive eye exams utilizing the most sophisticated medical tools. We can determine which tests are best for your unique case.
Depending on your specific vision needs, we may recommend you undergo a comprehensive eye exam after or instead of a routine eye exam. Additional testing via a comprehensive eye exam uses specialized imaging techniques that can allow us to diagnose certain eye diseases, especially in their early stages.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Your child’s vision plays a critical role to their development and overall well-being. Research shows 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children experience vision problems. Our eye doctor is well-trained in performing pediatric eye exams to detect and treat vision problems early on. Pediatric eye exams are designed to screen various vision problems including:
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
How to Prepare for Your Eye Exam
To get the most out of your eye exam, we recommend having some basic information ready and available, including:
- Prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses
- A list of medications taken (both prescription and over-the-counter)
- A list of nutritional supplements taken
- A list of questions to ask our team
Schedule Your Eye Exam Today
Your vision is important to us. If you or a member of your family is due for an eye exam, or if anyone is experiencing any vision problems, we encourage you to reach out to our friendly vision team. To schedule an eye exam for you or a member of your family, please contact our vision practice today.