An Eye Examination Every Year?

Most doctors recommend a yearly eye examination. One must understand that an eye examination is not only a simple vision check. Optometrists are able to detect many diseases in the beginning stages when they are more easily treated. A comprehensive eye examination is a fairly complicated series of tests that not only checks your eye sight, but also neurological function, eye pressure, eye muscle coordination and health of the external and internal eye structures. Some people actually have concerns that warrant follow-up eye care more often than once per year.

Do Kids Need a Yearly Eye Examination?

Children are not exempt from the annual eye examination. Children are first examined at around six months and again at three years of age. If you are concerned about something or have a family history of childhood eye problems, then your child should be seen by a pediatric optometrist. Otherwise, a full comprehensive eye examination should be performed between the ages of four and six. At this point, children are entering school. Undetected vision problems at a young age can cause a child to acquire learning disabilities, bad behavior and poor grades.

An Annual Eye Examination for Adults?

Adults that have no family history of eye disease and have good vision, an eye examination every two years is recommended for patients under the age of forty. In today’s world, however, technology has increased our visual demand tremendously. If you begin experiencing eye problems using your iPhone or while surfing the internet, you should take these factors into consideration and schedule your eye examination sooner . There are other factors to consider when recommending the frequency of an eye examination. For example those working in occupations that are highly demanding visually or eye hazardous should seek an examination sooner than every two years. People taking medications that have ocular side effects obviously should have an eye examination sooner to determine if the drugs are causing any side effects to your vision. If you have had eye surgery or health concerns or conditions, than annual eye examinations are definitely important.

At forty years of age, a baseline eye examination is definitely recommended. This is the time when early signs of disease and changes in your vision may occur. If you wear glasses and are relatively healthy, then an eye examination every eighteen months is probably sufficient. Obviously, if you notice anything different or strange about your eyes or your vision, seek care immediately. If you have a family history of some type of eye disease, then annual eye examinations are highly recommended.

Annual Eye Examination for Older Adults?

After the age of forty, an eye examination every eighteen months is generally a good rule to follow. At around sixty years of age, annual eye examinations are recommended because of the increased risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

Diabetics and Eye Examinations

If you have diabetes, an annual eye examination is mandatory. Diabetes is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States. If your diabetes is well controlled, a dilated eye examination is mandatory every year. If your diabetes is not under control, your doctor may recommend an examination every three to six months. Diabetic patients have a higher risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection is critical in the treatment of eye related diabetic diseases. If you have other chronic medical problems such as hypertension, allergies, arthritis or other health conditions, you really should schedule an eye examination annually.

Contact Lens Wearers Need an Annual Eye Examination

If you wear contact lenses, an annual eye examination and contact lens evaluation is necessary. There are valid reasons why this is common practice. Besides making certain that your prescription is current the overall health of your eye is evaluated. The curvature of the cornea, an inspection of the eye for microscopic complications related to wearing a contact lens is assessed and the abnormal blood vessel growth related to a lack of oxygen to the cornea is reviewed at your annual contact lens examination. Remember, contact lenses are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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