Routine eye exams are an essential part of maintaining healthy vision. During an exam, your eye doctor will test your eyes, the accuracy of your current prescription, and for common eye diseases. In fact, eye doctors are often the first to catch chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. A comprehensive eye exam includes careful testing of all aspects of your vision.
Below are a few items your doctor will look for:
Refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms.
Amblyopia which occurs when one eye is stronger than the other, causing the weaker eye to experience permanent vision impairment as it learns to depend on the stronger eye.
Strabismus or crossed eyes.
Focusing problems such as incompletely developed focusing skills in children or declines in focus ability due to aging.
Eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Other diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure that your eye doctor can detect early signs of by looking at your eye’s blood vessels, retina, etc.
To maintain healthy vision, follow the eye exam frequency recommendations below:
Before the age of 40: Every 2 Years
Between the ages of 41 – 64: Every year
After the age of 65: Every 6 months to a year
Anyone with risk factors should be tested every 6 months to a year