What is your most valuable sense? Most people would say their vision as we use it for almost everything. So why do people go to the dentist more than they go to their optometrist. There is more to vision than 20/20 eyesight. The eye is the true window into the body. It is the only place where we can visualize the blood vessels without cutting anything open. To ensure your eyes are healthy and stay healthy, it is important to visit an optometrist on a regular basis for a comprehensive eye exam. Most eye diseases and eye conditions can generally be treated successfully if caught in its early stages by an eye exam.
So how often should you visit your eye doctor? The answer to this question depends on many factors including your age, eye health, overall general health, family history and overall risk for developing eye disease.
Below is the recommended eye exam frequency for children and adults according to the American Optometric Association (AOA).
Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Children
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), the first eye exam should be at six months of age, then at three years, before first grade and every one to two years there after. The only reason that it should be more frequently is if your child is considered to be at risk for developing vision and eye problems. Also many children who suffer from ADHD may be just suffering from an undiagnosed vision problem. Some risk factors may include:
- Low birth weight, prematurity, oxygen at birth
- Family history of eye problems such as cataract, retinoblastoma
- Mother having an infection throughout pregnancy
- Strabismus or difference between the two eyes in refractive error
- High refractive error
- Suspected or known dysfunction of the central nervous system
Having a vision test at the pediatricians does not count as a comprehensive eye exam.
Recommended Eye Exam Frequency for Adults
According to the AOA, any individual between age 18 and 60 should receive an eye exam from their eye doctor every one to two years unless otherwise notified. For adults 61 years of age or older, a comprehensive exam is recommended yearly.
Adults at risk, which will require more frequent eye exams, include those who:
- Wear contact lenses or have undergone refractive surgery or any eye surgery
- Have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts
- Work in occupations that initiate eye strain or are hazardous to the eyes
- Take prescription medication that have ocular side effects (plaquenil, MS medications, steroids)
- Have other health conditions
When you visit Dr. Rhue or Dr. Garmizo at West Broward Eyecare, it is important to tell her or him about your past medical history, past ocular history, any medication you are taking including supplements, and your family history. We know to most people it is just your eyes but to us it more than your eye health it is about your overall health. A comprehensive eye exam will check your vision and overall eye health. Remember just because you can see well does not mean everything is okay on the inside of your eyes. Dr. Rhue and Dr. Garmizo will go through all of the results with you and will let you know when you should return.
Please contact us today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam at 954-726-0204. We look forward to seeing you and your family.