Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.
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.
A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision issues or risk factors should have their eyes Tested more often. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that kids who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses ought to have their eyes Tested at least every Year or according to their Optometrist’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA likewise prescribes a yearly eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses. In the event that you don’t typically require vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending upon your rate of visual change and general health. Optometrists frequently suggest getting examinations more often for Adults with diabetes, hypertension and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it’s 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. Read more about Vision After 40.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.
Call us on (910) 423-8600 to schedule your eye exam now or come visit us. Both Dr. William Vaughan, O.D. and Dr. Laurie Arcolano, O.D. have been providing eye care in Fayetteville, NC for many years – Village Eye Care is conveniently located on Village Drive two blocks from the Cape Fear Hospital.