Routine eye exams are as essential as other healthcare evaluations. These tests help to keep your vision in tip top shape at any age, and help you to see better overall.
The frequency of visionary checkups is dependent on several factors:
- If you’re under 50 years old and have no family history of ocular disease, visit the eye doctor every 2 years.
- Individuals who are over 50, should attempt to get an annual checkup, especially for those who have a history of certain diseases such as diabetes, thyroid and others
- If you wear contact lenses, an annual visit to the optician is recommended
- Some eye conditions require monthly, quarterly or bi-yearly visits. These include those who have glaucoma, cataract or diabetes.
Early detection of eye diseases, health problems and changes in vision are key to preventing further damage to the eyes. Certain conditions can rob individuals of the precious gift of sight, but when caught in their early stages, treatments can be administered to treat or cure the disease.
The eye exam will generally include an overview of the person’s health and family history; an eye chart evaluation to test for distance and near-sightedness; whether someone has astigmatism or myopia; diagnosis for common conditions like glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration and others. Following these tests and diagnoses, recommendations will usually be given on the best treatments and prescriptions for your particular eye health.
Be sure to tell the optometrist or ophthalmologist of any prescription medications you’re currently taking. This is because some medicines will affect the vision and consequently affect the test.
Check with the eye doctor to find what tests will be conducted, how often, and what’s needed during the exam. Patients can then go on to decipher if they’re insurance will cover the cost of the eye exam. To save on the cost of prescription lenses, if any are given, eye glass wearers are now able to purchase discount prescription eyewear online.
Reading the papillary distance or P.D. on the prescription allows shoppers to select an eyeglass that is best suited for their visionary needs – online, conveniently.