Regular eye examinations are an integral part of maintaining overall health. How often you get an eye exam depends on your age, the current health of your eyes, and your family genetics. If you are under the age of 40 and have no eye issues, you may only require routine eye tests every 2 years. In some cases, you may not require any tests. It all depends on what your eye doctor thinks is best for your specific situation. Regular eye exams allow your eye doctor to catch any potential eye conditions and start treatment immediately.
The “silent” eye problems
“I have great eyesight, so why do I need regular eye exams?” It is a common question and one with an excellent answer. When it comes to maintaining healthy eyes, there are certain eye problems that don’t necessarily show any warning signs until they have progressed significantly. These eye conditions include glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. With regular eye exams, your eye care professional can identify early warning signs of these and other eye conditions.
Children and eye exams
If your child does not have any risk factors for eye issues, they will have their vision checked initially as a newborn then at regular health visits. By the age of three it is easier for the eye doctor to assess your child’s eyes. By the first grade, eye tests for children should be conducted every 1 or 2 years.
How to know if you are at risk
High blood pressure, work environments that require the use of safety glasses, and certain medications can affect your eyesight and put you at higher risk for developing eye problems. If you have type 1 diabetes, be sure to have your eyes examined no more than 5 years after your diagnosis. For those with type 2 diabetes, schedule an eye exam immediately to have your eyes tested, then schedule yearly exams.
Schedule an eye exam
If it has been a while since you have seen your eye care professional for an exam, schedule one today. You can reach Richens Eye Center located in St. George, Utah, by calling 435-986-2020. We look forward to hearing from you!