Your Eye Exam
It is vital to have regular eye evaluations no matter your age or physical condition. You should have a complete eye check-up every one to three years, as recommended by eye experts. This timeframe can differ depending on individual circumstances such as your age and overall health.
Our skilled, caring optometrists are available to administer all the normal vision testing. We perform a Snellen Eye Test where measurements are taken with a phoropter and other instruments in the office.
We test your depth perception, color perception, responsiveness to light, and your peripheral vision. We then check the severity of your refractive error and examine overall eye health before we decide what kind of lenses to prescribe for you. If we find something that indicates a problem with your eyes, we can find a solution for you. Finally, if you are looking for contact lenses, we administer a few extra exams, which include measurements of your eye, and determine whether or not contact lenses are a good fit for you.
When conducting a comprehensive eye exam, we look at many aspects of your eye health including checking for any eye related diseases, how your eyes work together, and assessing how your eye health factors into your general well-being. These tests will typically include simple and complex checks ranging from reading an eye chart to the use of specialized equipment which looks at the health of your inner eye.
As it is estimated that up to a quarter of preschoolers and school-aged children have vision problems, it is recommended by the American Optometric Association (AOA) that children have their eyes examined at 6 months, 3 years, and when they begin school. If there are no vision problems present, children should then continue to have their eyes checked at least every two years during their school years.
Those children with existing vision problems or well-known risk factors for vision issues should have their eyes checked more often. Some of these risk factors include: premature birth, delays in development, crossed eyes, a family history of eye problems, a history of eye injury, or other general illness or condition. It is suggested by the AOA that children with glasses or contact lenses have their eyes tested once a year or as their eye doctors recommends.
Any adult who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses is encouraged by the AOA to have a yearly check-up. Those with no need for vision correction should also have an eye examination every two to three years up until the age of 40, contingent on any changes in vision and age. Those with eye problems or health conditions which can have an impact on vision—such as high blood pressure or diabetes—should have their eyes examined more regularly based on the instruction of their doctor.
If you are over 40, it is 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.