Our eyes are extraordinary organs. They give us the ability to see and interpret the world around us. However, because they’re connected so closely to our brains and are complicated machines, they’re sensitive and delicate, requiring special attention.
There are many things we need to monitor as we age. Just like our general health, our eyes are subject to changes as we grow older. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 undergo eye exams at least every two years. After 65, the AOA recommends annual eye exams to look for age-related concerns and vision issues.
Because everyone is unique, some factors influence how often you may need an eye exam. Our dedicated and experienced team of eye care professionals will provide comprehensive eye exams built around your personal needs.
Along with determining your visual acuity and required prescription, eye exams are essential for catching eye diseases before they’ve advanced and become difficult to treat. Regular eye exams allow us to monitor changes in your eye health over time, so we can better identify early warning signs of underlying eye issues.
Additionally, we become more susceptible to age-related eye and vision issues over time, like presbyopia, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. Undergoing regular eye exams is an important step to maintaining healthy and strong eyes as we get older.
Early detection is crucial to the successful implementation of treatment plans or management strategies for many eye diseases, no matter your age.
What to Expect From an Eye Exam
Eye exams involve a series of tests to determine your visual acuity, check your overall eye health, and look for diseases and other problems. Some of the test you’ll experience include, but aren’t limited to:
Visual acuity test and refractive assessment
A visual acuity test determines how well you see up close and far away with and without corrective lenses, using the familiar eye chart. This test is an indicator of refractive error. A refractive assessment with a phoropter will help us determine your required prescription to correct this error.
We conduct your refractive assessment with our digital phoropter, which allows us to determine your required prescription with more accuracy, consistency, and quicker than with a traditional, manual phoropter.
With a test called tonometry, we can check your intraocular pressure (IOP). You may recognize this as the “air puff” test. If you have high IOP, this could indicate the presence of glaucoma, which is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the tests we may perform to examine your ocular health. Your current health status and ocular history will determine the specific tests you’ll need. We want to ensure your experience will be as comfortable as possible, while also being complete and thorough, so we’ll discuss each step along the way.
Our main concern is your health and safety, and we are dedicated to providing you with personalized, comprehensive eye care. Protect your eye health, and please book your appointment today.