Regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams performed by an optometrist.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Whether your condition requires a routine eye examination or greater in-depth analysis, Dr. Bell is best known for his thorough exams and extensive knowledge of different eye conditions and diseases. So whether you are dealing with eye health issues like diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, require pre and post-operative LASIK surgery management, or you just want to make sure you have good eye health, we are ready to serve your needs!
How often should you have an eye exam?
Many sight-threatening diseases, if detected early, can be cured or treated to prevent, or slow, the progression of any vision loss. The most important preventive step is receiving routine examinations by a qualified eye care doctor like Dr. Gary Bell.
It’s highly recommend that you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition. Anyone with a history of visual problems should get routine preventive care.
Eye Exam for Children
Children should receive their first comprehensive eye examination before the age of 3, unless a specific condition or history of family childhood vision problems warrants an earlier examination. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should get an eye test (examination) at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Some of the most common risk factors for vision problems include the following:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
It is recommended by optometrists that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months.
Eye Exam for Adults
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. That is in line with Dr. Bell’s recommendation.
People ages 20 to 30 should have an eye exam every two years, unless visual changes, pain, flashes of light, new floaters, injury, or tearing occurs. Then, immediate vision care is necessary.
Yearly exams become important in the late thirties when changes in vision and focus along with eye diseases are more likely to develop. In its simple form, if you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Eye doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
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.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Squinting, blinking, rubbing eyes frequently, headaches, changes in vision and difficulty with visual concentration within arm's length may be signs of eye problems and should be checked immediately by your optometrist. If these symptoms occur, call us immediately.
When it comes preserving your vision, early detection is the solution!