ADULT EYE CARE
Regardless of your current vision acuity situation, it is vital to understand that, as each of us age, our vision will change. Regular, comprehensive vision examinations are the best preventative measure you can take to ensure continued vision health and the clearest possible vision.
The frequency of those examinations depends on many factors including your age, general eye health and even your overall medical history.
Adults with NO Current Vision Issues
Many adults who do not have current vision issues make the mistake of believing that they do not need to have their vision checked.
This is absolutely not the case. If you are between the ages of 22 and 40, even if you have no family history of eye disease, you should still opt for an eye exam at least every 2 years. In addition, as you age your odds of experiencing undesirable conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma increases.
The good news is that regular eye exams can reveal early indicators of these and other medical disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. In each of these cases, the earliest possible detection is the best way to successfully combat the condition.
As we reach beyond the age of 40 our bodies continue to change, and often not for the better.
At one point or another during this age nearly all persons develop issues with near vision (presbyopia).
Additional conditions common to this age group include dry eye and eyestrain from sitting too long in front of a computer screen. Therefore, even if you have no known vision issues, if you are in this age bracket, our physicians recommend a comprehensive annual eye exam.
The aging eye follows along with just about every other part of us as we pass 6o years of age, more susceptible to adverse conditions and more likely to develop vision issues. Common examples of vision problems associated with adults over 60 include macular degeneration, cataracts and spots, sometimes called “floaters.” Because of potentially rapid degeneration, we recommend that all adults over 60 years of age have an annual dilated eye exam, regardless of current or past vision health.
Diabetics or others with current vision issues should consult with our physician to create a customized exam schedule to fit your individual situation.
Adults Who Already Wear Glasses or Contacts
If you currently wear glasses or contact lenses our physicians recommend an annual comprehensive vision exam.
CHILDREN’S EYE CARE
As your child grows his or her developing eye goes through enormous growth and change. Assuring the proper care for your child’s vision during this time lays a vital foundation for a lifetime of healthy vision. Consistent, comprehensive vision examinations are necessary for the protection of your child’s sight today and as they grow.
Our physicians strongly recommend annual eye exams during this growth period.
Because of the rapid eye development at this time early detection of any possible abnormalities is critical to treatment options and potential success.
Because most children are either in or about to enter school at this age, we recommend a comprehensive “pre school” eye exam.
This will identify any potential vision-related issues your child may face in a learning environment.
Children in this age bracket who have NOT been diagnosed with any vision-related problems and who do NOT currently wear any sort of vision correction (glasses or contact lenses) should still have a comprehensive eye exam every 2 years.
Those children who do wear corrective lenses should see an eye doctor for a vision checkup every year. Other vision issues should be discussed with your child’s physician on a case-by-case basis.
If you notice or if your child complains that he or she is having difficulty reading or learning or if he or she has developed frequent headaches, you should immediately schedule a vision exam in order to rule out any possible vision-related issues.