Yearly eye exams should be an important part of your personal healthcare plan. Family eye care is important to you and your family. When your vision is great, you don’t even think about it … you’re too busy living!
But when your vision isn’t great, your world becomes smaller. You can’t do the things you want to do and you think about your vision constantly! Yearly exams can catch problems early, sometimes before you are even aware of the issue. Early intervention can make a difference in you maintaining your vision.
Our goal at Eye Group is to provide family eye care your entire family needs so that you can get back to living the life you want to live. And we do that through the powerful combination of compassion and cutting-edge technology. We’ll take the time to understand your specific eye needs and then provide exceptional solutions using the latest technology!
At Eye Group, we perform dilated eye exams to determine if you need a glasses prescription as well as contact fittings. The American College of Ophthalmology recommends the following screening guidelines for various age groups:
- Children - Whenever a problem is suspected, your eyes should be screened for visual acuity and alignment by a pediatrician, family doctor, optometrist, or person trained in vision assessment of school-aged children, such as a school nurse. If an alignment problem or other eye health issues is suspected, you should have a comprehensive exam by an Eye Group doctor.
- Teens - If you suspect a problem - unable to see in the classroom or experience eye strain while reading you should see a professional to screen for vision impairment. If an impairment is detected a complete eye exam by an Eye Group doctor is warranted. If you already wear contact lenses or glasses, see your eye specialist yearly to make sure your prescription is still right for you. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, you need to have regular eye exams and work with your doctors to control weight and blood sugar as well as blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Ages Under 40 Visual Screening Recommendations - If your eyes are healthy and vision is good, have a complete exam by your Eye Group doctor once in your 20s and twice in your 30s. If you experience an infection, injury, eye pain or unusual flashes or patterns of light, or another condition, visit your Eye Group doctor for treatment and follow his or her recommendations for follow-up exams. Exceptions: If you wear contact lenses, see your eye specialist annually. If you have diabetes or have a family history of eye disease, talk with your Eye Group doctor regarding how frequently your eyes should be examined.
- Ages 40 to 60 - Early signs of age-related eye diseases, including cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration can begin in midlife but often do not noticeably affect the vision until later. So it’s important to get a baseline comprehensive eye exam at age 40, even for people who have no symptoms or known risk factors. Your Eye Group doctor will recommend follow-up exams based on your family history and the results of the baseline exam. By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. The earlier these are discovered and treatment begins, the better the chance of preserving good vision. People who are diabetic or pre-diabetic need to have regular eye exams and work with their doctors to control weight and blood sugar as well as blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Ages 60 and Above - It’s important to have a complete eye exam with your Eye Group family eye care doctor every year or two after age 65 to check for age-related eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract and other eye conditions.
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