by Caroline Cauchi, OD
Undergoing a comprehensive eye exam on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways to safeguard your visual health. In today’s post, Vision Solutions shares four key questions you should ask your eye doctor at your appointment:
1. Am I at Risk of Developing Eye Conditions?
Heredity is a major risk factor for most eye vision disorders. If any of your family members have had glaucoma, for example, this may put you at a higher risk of developing it too. Your diet, lifestyle, and environment are also important things to consider.
2. What Tests Will Be Included Today?
A comprehensive eye exam generally includes a visual acuity test, which assesses your eyesight. During this part of the exam, you’ll read numbers and letters off the Snellen chart. If we detect vision errors, we may also have you undergo a refraction exam to establish the level of your refractive error and determine the correct lens power for your eyeglasses or contact lenses. We may perform more definitive diagnostic assessments as well to check for signs of underlying eye diseases.
3. How Should I Take Care of My Eyes?
Eating healthy foods is a great way to bolster your visual health. We suggest incorporating leafy greens, citrus fruits, and deep-ocean fish into your diet. Exercising regularly can also help maintain proper blood circulation in your eyes. Most importantly, make sure to visit your reliable eye care specialists for routine eye exams.
4. How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?
Your trusted eye doctor generally recommends having your children’s eyes examined as early as six months of age. They should undergo additional exams when they turn three years old, before they enter first grade, and every two years thereafter. After you turn 61, it’s best to have your eyes assessed annually.
If you have any further questions about eye exams, call us today at (619) 461-4913 or complete our form. We serve La Mesa, CA, and nearby areas.