A biannual eye exam could safeguard your sight and your overall health, but how do you know if you need one? Children and adults both need to be visiting an eye doctor frequently, but that frequency is only about every 1-2 years depending on vision conditions and if there are eye diseases present. However, many people simply don’t see an eye doctor unless they start to have vision problems. At that point, vision issues may not be ones that can be corrected. There are biannual eye services you need that check for very specific issues with the eyes—many of which you can’t see without professional tools. These visits are key to detecting diseases before vision problems set in, when they can’t always be reversed.
Whether or not you need an eye exam once or twice a year depends on your risk factors and symptoms. Some risk factors that necessitate biannual exams to protect your eye health include:
The American Optometric Association recommends yearly or bi-yearly eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at-risk or not.
Eye exams serve to identify eye disorders and diseases and offer appropriate treatment. PreventBlindness.org recommends the following be included in a comprehensive eye exam: an evaluation of the refractive state, dilated fundus examination, visual acuity, ocular alignment, binocularity, and color vision testing.
As you age, certain changes in your vision will occur. It’s unavoidable and happens to everyone. The most common condition is known as presbyopia–the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability. Affecting most of the 40’s population, presbyopia requires new vision correction solutions. A biannual exam helps you learn what you can do to continue seeing clearly for years to come.
Vision in your 60s faces more significant challenges. While some age-related vision changes are normal and expected during this stage of life, other changes could mean that more serious issues are present that need to be addressed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclose the following behaviors that could put your eye health (and overall health) at risk. If you are a contact lens wearer, do you participate in any of these risky behaviors:
Eye exams typically start with a review of your medical history so do your research beforehand so you know of any eye-related issues in your family background such as diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, high blood pressure or heart disease. Make sure and disclose any eye issues you are experiencing now or that you have dealt with in the past. Disclose any medications that you are taking that may impact your vision as well.
The American Optometric Association provides tips for protecting your eye health. The following are other things you can do to shield your vision:
When it comes to your sight, don’t take any chances. Exams don’t take much time, but they can save you a lifetime of trouble. Make the necessary adjustments to your lifestyle/diet at home by having an in-office consultation with one of our Peepers Optical team. Identify your risks for eye diseases by discussing your family history with one of our skilled staff. A propensity for macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts can all be passed down in the genes. Even refractive eye errors can run in families. Always look for subtle changes in your vision and see the doctor at the first sign of vision change.
Augment your role for maintaining healthy eyes by scheduling an eye consultation today. Our Glendale optometrists will start with a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the current health of your eyes and advise you on wellness goals. Our team can also provide recommendations for vision correction if needed. Call us at: (303) 223-0401 today to make an appointment. Our friendly staff is excited to meet you and help you with your vision needs!