Is it time to call your eye doctor for an appointment?
Just as you visit the dentist for your routine dental cleanings and you visit your general doctor once a year for an annual physical, it's important that you visit Skowron Eye Care for your routine eye examination. Whether you wear glasses, or you’ve been told that you have 20/20 vision, eye exams are important for everyone’s eye health.
How often do I need to see an eye doctor?
It is important for everyone to visit their local optometrist for an eye examination. There is so much that can change when it comes to your health, medical history, or other factors, which as a result can also potentially impact the health and function of your eyes. If you are between the ages of 20 to 39 and you have good vision, then you may get away with visiting the eye doctor every 2 years for a comprehensive eye examination. However, if you are 40 years old or older, you should see your eye doctor at least once a year.
In addition, if you wear glasses or contacts, suffer from chronic health problems, have a family history of vision threatening eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, or if you’ve had any eye surgery in the past, then you will definitely need to see your doctor every year for an eye exam.
What is the importance of an annual eye examination?
Yearly eye exams enable us to diagnose conditions early on before causing permanent damage to your vision. Having certain health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes can also greatly impact your vision, along with taking certain prescription medications. These are just some of the many reasons why you should not skip out on your next eye exam.
Here’s what a comprehensive eye examination entails:
- Reviewing your medical history
- Vision testing
- Diagnostic/refraction testing (determining proper glasses or contact lens prescriptions if needed to see clearly)
- Testing the focus of the eyes
- Tests for eye health (e.g. pupil dilation; slit lamp test, *Optos*) *Allows us to view the health of the back of the eye without the need for dilation*
Your vision and eyes can also tell us a lot about your overall health. If it is time to schedule your routine eye examination, call and make your appointment today at Skowron Eye Care by calling (630) 984-6850.