Why Are Routine Eye Exams So Important?
Most people know that an eye exam would not be complete without a vision test. However, your eye doctor will do much more than give you a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. A comprehensive eye exam includes several eye tests to ascertain overall eye health, looking for signs of eye diseases and evaluating visual skills.
At our Eye Care clinic a complete, routine eye doctor’s appointment includes a number of eye tests, some of which are simple like having the patient read off the Snellen Eye Chart on this page, and others are more high-tech.
Kingswood Eye Exams and Eye Care
It would seem obvious to book an appointment with the eye doctor to have their eyes examined at the first sign of vision loss. However, there are several common ocular diseases that do not present with any symptoms during the early – treatable – stages. Glaucoma and macular degeneration, for example, have a better prognosis when diagnosed before vision loss begins. At that stage, blindness is still preventable. Similarly, diabetics require regular eye exams to monitor for the development of diabetic retinopathy.
Optometrists recommend scheduling a comprehensive eye exam anywhere between 6 months and 3 years, depending on age, health, and risk factors. We recommend an appointment at least once a year to monitor eye health and vision. If it has been that long since your last visit, click below to request an appointment as soon as possible.
Comprehensive Pediatric Eye Exams Kingswood
Just like you bring your child to the doctor for regular check-ups, their eyes need regular pediatric eye exams too. Tragically, studies indicate that up to 1/4 of students in elementary school face vision problems that would be treatable, but go undiagnosed due to lack of routine eye care.
The AOA recommends an eye exam schedule as follows:
- 6-12 months (FREE eye exam!)
- 3-4 years old
- 5-6 years old (during pre-school)
- Every year throughout school-age
Speak to your pediatric optometrist about special considerations, since children who may be at higher risk for eye conditions might require more frequent eye exams. Common risk factors for vision issues include: past history of eye injury, turned or crossed eyes, other physical illness or disease, premature birth, developmental delays, family history of eye disorders.
To prevent children from falling through the cracks and suffering from vision problems, especially those that limit learning, the State of Texas requires all children entering school to undergo eye testing.
How Often Do Adults Need Eye Exams?
The AOA likewise suggests a yearly eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you do not usually need vision adjustment, you still need an eye test every one to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall wellness. Typically, optometrists suggest more frequent eye exams for adults with diabetes, hypertension and also various other systemic conditions.
For middle-aged and older patients, yearly eye exams include checking for age related conditions and ocular diseases such as macular degeneration and the nearly-ubiquitous presbyopia and cataracts. Read more about Vision After 40 and Vision After 60.
Need an eye exam in Kingwood?
TSO Kingwood optometrists provide eye exams in Kingwood for Porter, Humble and Spring, Texas.