See your world at its best with clear, sharp vision. Scheduling an annual eye exam keeps you and your doctor up to date with changes in your sight and general eye health as you age. Because many vision and eye disorders develop slowly and without apparent symptoms, it can be difficult to detect a problem without a complete examination. Fortunately, much of the vision loss and eye problems suffered can be prevented by early detection and proper treatment.
According to the American Optometric Association, eye exams are recommended at the age of 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. Taking these steps helps ensure your children's vision is developing normally once they begin school. After that, yearly exams are recommended. At age 40, the risk of eye diseases increases, making regular eye exams even more important for older patients.
During the exam, A Doctor of Optometry will check your eyesight and eye health. The Snellen eye chart is a basic way to test your vision. If your eyesight isn't 20/20, your doctor will then check for near- and far-sightedness. The doctor will also administer tests developed to identify eye conditions and diseases like glaucoma and cataracts early.
||EYEXAM of California, Inc. recommends a yearly eye exam for everyone, but especially for:
- Anyone over 35
- Anyone with a family history of glaucoma, retinal detachment or other visual disorders
- Anyone with a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or other diseases that can affect the visual system
- Anyone experiencing frequent or unexplained headaches