Even if you’re not experiencing any issues, routine vision screenings are essential to the long-term health of your eyes. Some eye diseases can result in severe vision loss, like glaucoma, if not detected and treated early. Schedule eye exams every two years from age 4 or 5 up to age 40 and yearly after that. If you wear corrective glasses or contacts, we recommend a yearly exam to keep your prescription up-to-date. People with unique risks, such as diabetes, a previous eye trauma, surgery, or a family history of glaucoma, may need an eye exam more frequently. For example, it is recommended that someone with diabetes have an eye exam every year.
During your eye exam, your doctor will most likely dilate the pupils of your eyes to better see the retina at the back of your eye. In addition, you will be thoroughly screened for common problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, and macular degeneration. If anything is detected, your regular optometrist and ophthalmologist should be informed. This will ensure a holistic eye care plan.