Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.
During a complete eye exam, the Doctors at the Southern Eye Group will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye disorders and diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
A comprehensive eye exam conducted by our Optometrists or Ophthalmologists can include a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Although these tests may vary depending upon your medical history, they will range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
These findings can provide our Doctors important information about your overall health, particularly diabetes and high blood pressure.
Several Factors may determine how frequently you need an eye exam, including your age, health risk of developing eye problems.
All children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school. Children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions.
The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors’ often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other disorders due to their potential impact on vision. The risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age. It is recommended that anyone over the age of 60 should have annual eye examinations.