Regular eye examinations play a crucial role in maintaining good vision and ocular health. At Mittleman Eye, we recommend adults come in for a comprehensive eye exam once a year, but your age and overall health status could require additional visits. Our eye doctors may advise you to come in more often depending on your family history, an existing health condition such as heart disease or diabetes or if you take certain medications that affect vision.
Older Adults Might Need an Eye Exam More Often
While we recommend annual eye examinations for the average person, older adults tend to experience higher rates of eye diseases and rapid vision changes. Conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy can cause your vision to deteriorate quickly. These issues affect the senior population the most. Our eye doctors may recommend that you schedule examinations frequently to monitor the progression of problems identified during your initial visit to restore optimal vision.
Eye Examinations for Children
Good vision is essential for a child’s education. Children should have an eye exam before entering kindergarten to prevent poor vision or eye concerns from interfering with their ability to learn. Babies who are born prematurely may be more likely to experience vision difficulties. Your child might need to come in for an exam even earlier if you notice crossed eyes, a lazy eye or misalignment.
Why Regular Eye Exams are Important for Ocular and Overall Health
A comprehensive eye exam is more than vision correction for those who wear glasses or contact lenses. Many people don’t realize that these visits can also identify signs of systemic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Glaucoma and macular degeneration often go unnoticed until a regular exam as well. Our eye doctors perform thorough evaluations of your vision and your eyes’ anatomy, including:
- Prescription changes
- The pressure of the fluid inside your eyes
- How your pupil responds to light
- The curvature of the cornea
- Retina health
- The state of internal eye structures such as the optic nerve
- Field of vision
- Depth perception
- Color vision
These appointments are often when middle-aged adults are diagnosed with presbyopia, which is age-related farsightedness that occurs when the natural eye lens loses elasticity.
Don’t Wait for Your Annual Appointment If You Notice Vision Changes
Give our eye doctors a call or email to schedule an appointment if you notice changes in your vision, symptoms of eye disease or experience an eye injury. Blurred vision, ocular pain, frequent migraines, itchy eyes and eye floaters can be signs of eye disease that need to be addressed as soon as possible. If you have a condition that requires treatment, our ophthalmologists will create a plan to improve your vision and ocular health.
Schedule Your Eye Examination at Mittleman Eye
Book an appointment online or call or text (561) 500-2020 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam today. Our skilled eye doctors offer a variety of eye care services to ensure your whole family sees with clear, healthy eyes.