No matter how old you are, or how healthy, it's important to have regular eye examinationss.
During a comprehensive eye exam at Optix Family Eyecare in Plainview, our eye doctor will decide upon your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and will also check your eyes for commonplace eye diseases. Our eye doctor will also evaluate how your eyes operate together and assess your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A complete eye examination includes several tests which are designed to evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your sight. Some of these tests are simple, like having you read an eye chart, and some are complex, such as using a powerful lens to assess the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Our eyecare specialists recommend you have a thorough eye exam every one to three years, depending how old you are, your health, and any risk factors you may have.
Children. Some specialists estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision issues. The American Optometric Association (AOA), suggests that all children have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again before school starts. Children who don't havevision problems or risk factors for eye issues should have their eyes checked at least every two years throughout school.
Children with current vision issues or risk factors should have their eyes examined more often. Commonplace risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that all children who currently wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined yearly or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA recommends that any adult who currently wears glasses or contacts should have a yearly eye exam. If you don't generally need vision correction, you should still have an eye examination every two to three years until you reach 40, depending on how quickly your vision is changing and your overall health. Doctors often recommend that adults who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders have more frequent examinations, because many diseases have a negative impact on vision and eye health.
At 40 and over, you should have an eye exam every one to two years to check for commonplace age-related eye issues such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
The risk of eye disease increases as we get older, soeveryone over the age of 60 should be examined yearly.
Call us today at 516-931-6330 to schedule your next eye exam.