Eye Exams For the Whole Family
Watch this video to understand what is included in a truly comprehensive eye exam.
Routine eye exams are important, regardless of your age or physical health. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
What to Expect
Going to the eye doctor? Here’s what to expect, and what to remember.
Technology - Advanced Eye Care
We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Here are some of the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.
How Often Do You Need to See the Optometrist, Based on Age?
- Kids – see below
- Do you wear glasses? The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any patient who wears eyeglasses or contacts.
- Don’t wear glasses? Under the age of 40, we recommend an exam every 2 years.
- Diabetes, high blood pressure and other health problems? – every year because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
- Age 40 and older? We recommend an annual exam as the risk of eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and dry eyes increases with age.
Eye Exams for Children
According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. This also goes for infants who develop and learn about the world around them through their sense of sight. To ensure that your children have the visual resources they need to grow and develop normally, their eyes and vision should be checked by an eye doctor at certain stages of their development.
- 80% of learning is visual, so if your child isn’t seeing clearly their learning and social development can be affected.
- 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems.
- Children can’t tell you they are having problems seeing because they don’t understand this is a problem. In fact, nearsightedness (myopia) has become an epidemic.
- Every child should have an eye exam by age 3. This can prevent loss of vision due to “lazy eye” and can also uncover other eye health issues. This is especially true for kids with risk factors such as family history of eye disease, a history of an eye injury, physical illness, and developmental delays.
- We recommend every child have an annual eye exam.
- Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.