Everyone needs regular eye exams! It’s important for adults to schedule eye exams to monitor their eye health and check for problems. Conditions that are often detected during eye exams include glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Early detection of these conditions allows for the widest range of treatment options and the best chance of slowing or reversing any symptoms.
Exams are especially important for adults who have a family history of eye problems or have higher risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, work conditions or medications. All adults should have their eyes examined every two years, and those with eye or vision issues should visit their optometrist yearly or bi-yearly.
With so much going on in your child’s life it can be difficult to keep up, but it’s important to make sure they can see the world in front of them as clearly as possible. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam shows their eyes are healthy, follow up with another appointment between the ages of 2 and 3 years.
If you notice your child is having trouble with their vision, schedule an appointment with us so the doctor can address the issue and get them back on track. As with most conditions, early detection can make the solution much easier than waiting to see the doctor and allowing the problem develop into something worse.
Pay attention to these five symptoms as they can be related to vision problems for children:
1. Rubbing the eyes
2. Excessive blinking
3. Frequent squinting
4. Regular headaches
5. Shutting one eye to focus
Eye and vision exams are extremely important for patients of all ages. By performing regular exams, we are able to establish a baseline in the ocular health of our patients and detect any aberrations. The exams also allow us to detect any potential problems before they develop into serious issues.
Vision is one of the most important senses, especially for children who are still growing and developing. Make sure you and your family have your eyes examined regularly!
We can address any questions you have regarding your child’s first visit to the eye doctor before the appointment so they know exactly what to expect. Our eye exams are complete, the practice is comfortable, and the appointment will not take very long. Children need to experience their adventures in high definition and we are here to make sure they do!
Check out this chart from the American Optometric Association for the recommended ages and intervals for your child’s eye exams:
Recommended Examination Frequency For the Pediatric Patient
|…..Birth to 2 years||At 6 months of age||By 6 months of age or as recommended|
|…..2 to 5 years||At 3 years of age||At 3 years of age or as recommended|
|…..6 to 18 years||Before first grade and every two years thereafter||Annually or as recommended|