The fear of the unknown keeps many people away from their annual exams, however, the process is quite routine and will go something like this: Your Independent Doctor of Optometry could start the eye exam with questions about your general health and lifestyle to tailor the exam to your specific eye health needs. Then, he or she typically will perform an eye exam that measures:
Exams, diagnosis, treatments and management of diseases or disorder of the visual system is done by an optometrist, who is a state-licensed healthcare professional. If you have any questions about your eye exam or the process of eye care, ask your Independent Doctor of Optometry.The optometrist typically will provide:
If you have other eye problems, the optometrist also might treat (or refer you for further treatment for) eye infections, red eyes, or dry eyes.
You should understand your eye test results and each step taken to ensure you receive quality vision care. If an irregularity is discovered during the exam process, the optometrist might suggest remedial treatment, or refer you to an appropriate specialist. Remember to schedule another visit within the next year (or as recommended).
An exam might reveal that prescription eyeglasses or contacts are needed, and your optomistrist will provide you with the appropriate prescription upon discussing your preference. If you chose contacts, it's recommended you still have a pair of eyeglasses as a backup.
With children growing at such rapid rates, early detection of issues is key to preventing later eye problems. For this reason, it’s recommended that children have their eyes examined at least annually, or as recommended by your doctor,* even if they don't indicate that there are any problems. Protect your child’s eyes by starting eye care at a young age.
|Birth to 24 months||By 6 months of age, or as recommended|
|2 to 5 years||At 3 years of age|
|6 years and older||Before first grade, and annually thereafter|
Children are adaptable and often don’t know any better when it comes to their vision. For parents this means it’s key to notice various behaviors that would indicate eye issues or vision problems. Does your child squint? Rub or blink their eyes a lot? Slightly cross-eyed? Vision problems require early detection to keep them from progressing and regular eye exams can protect your children from such risks.For children's vision problems, here are some key signals:
Even if your child is not due for an appointment, schedule one if you notice any of these warning signs. Having your child's eyes examined annually, or as recommended by your doctor, is important to help prevent any children's vision problems from progressing.
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