Adult Eye Exam

We all focus on taking care of our bodies, yet we often tend to neglect our eyes. As we advance in age, there are different reasons why we will require having standard regular check-ups for our eyes.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD AN ADULT HAVE AN EYE EXAM?

For younger adults, regular eye exams are vital for eye health. We recommend adults have an eye exam every 2 years until 60 years of age to maintain the health and condition of our eyes. Regular eye exams will help with early detection of any eye disorders or any vision issues that may arise.

Yearly exams are necessary for adults over the age of 60 because at that age certain eye diseases become more likely and can get progressively worse if left untreated.

Glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts all begin to manifest in adults between the ages of 40 and 50. This is why yearly adult eye exams are a must.


Late detection of these diseases increases the chance that the patient's vision will be affected. The goal of routine eye exams is to find preventable and treatable diseases that may otherwise go unnoticed until permanent damage is done.

We also recommend an eye exam once a year for adults who are already wearing contact lenses or glasses. When it comes to taking care of our eyes, regular eye examinations are the simplest thing you can do to prevent eye diseases. If you are unsure when you need an eye exam, just enquire with our office and we can help schedule your next appointment. By taking this simple step, you will be making significant progress toward keeping your eyes healthy.


ADULTS WHO NEED FREQUENT EYE EXAMS

Adults who have any of the following diseases/risks should make sure they have eye exams routinely:

  • If they have any family history of eye diseases such as macular degeneration or glaucoma
  • If they have had any eye injuries or surgery in the past
  • If the person is taking any medications with side effects known to affect the eyes
  • If they suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes
  • If their job is visually demanding, or may in any way be hazardous to the eyes

THE IMPORTANCE OF EYE EXAMS TO ADULT

Eye exams are beneficial to your overall health. Most adults who see clearly often believe that eye exams are for children; however, it is important for adults to also have their vision examined by an optometrist once a year in order to maintain good eye health and detect the early signs of eye disease.

Two major benefits of eye exams for adults:

1. Vision

As we age, things change, and our body does its best to adapt to these changes in real-time. It may take a specific situation or incident for someone to realize that they have an eye problem. Eye exams are a great opportunity for an individual to have their vision analyzed and discover whether the eye is fully functional and healthy or not.

Eye exams are very important in maintaining a healthy body. Make sure you speak with our office to schedule an appointment.

2. Early Detection

Optometrists may often suggest more frequent visits for any individual approaching 60 years of age. Diabetes, cataracts, and other eye health issues can easily be discovered during an appointment.

After detection, the optometrist can recommend a possible solution for ensuring that a patient maintains good vision. Diseases like glaucoma can cause blindness if left undetected; therefore, having routine eye exams should be a priority.

WHAT DOES AN EYE DOCTOR DO?

An ophthalmologist, optometrist, or optician is a professional who specializes in vision disorders. Each of these is qualified in different ways.

An optometrist is permitted to prescribe medication and to do certain minor surgeries. By and large, you are actually receiving an eye screening while getting an eye exam with an optometrist. The screenings take the form of a brief vision test given by a health-care provider or even a nurse.

An optician repairs spectacles or contact lenses but is also permitted to do an eye exam.

An ophthalmologist is permitted to do everything related to eye health, including eye surgeries.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR DOCTOR DURING EYE EXAMS

During a comprehensive eye exam, your doctor will administer the following tests:

  • A standard eye chart test
  • Eye alignment test
  • Manual refraction with a phoropter
  • Slit lamp examination of the front of the eye
  • Glaucoma test
  • Examine your retina

It is advisable for adults not to panic when they are diagnosed with any visual disease or condition. For instance, refractive errors are easily treatable with new, quality prescription glasses. Vision strengthening exercises may also be effective for other minor conditions. If your optometrist finds any optical disease, they will offer you possible solutions for treating or curing it.

It is very important to adhere to your doctor's advice and diagnosis. Failure to do so may permanently affect your eyes and overall health.

To make an appointment with an optometrist at our clinic, contact us today.