Did you know that vision impacts your overall health? Visual impairment can limit people's ability to perform everyday tasks and can affect their quality of life and ability to interact with the surrounding world. At Shofner Vision Center, we encourage our patients to have a dilated eye examination annually, regardless of age. Regular eye exams throughout your life are important, but not always for the same reasons. Just as our bodies require evolving care, so do our eyes.
According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of the estimated 61 million US adults at high risk for vision loss, only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Improving your eyesight is important—about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction—but it’s just one of the reasons to get your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases and preserving your vision. Additionally, exams allow eye doctors to detect more than 270 serious health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases and cancers.
When and how often should you have an eye exam?
Though people tend to have more vision problems as they get older, children need eye exams to ensure healthy vision, too. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that babies and children should be checked by their paediatrician at least annually for eye abnormalities; and if abnormalities are found, the child should be examined by an ophthalmologist.
Adults should see their eye doctor whenever they experience blurred vision or other symptoms or malfunctions of their eyes. Depending upon the medical findings in the eyes, the doctor will recommend how frequently follow-up examination should be done. If you have never had a comprehensive eye exam, you should do that by age 40. Additionally, people with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam every year. Some people are at higher risk for glaucoma and should have a dilated eye exam every 2 years:
In addition to laser vision correction (LASIK/PRK and Cataract Surgery), Shofner Vision Center offers general and comprehensive vision care to patients age 10 years and older. Find out why an eye exam at every life stage is an important part of your healthcare routine. Schedule an appointment today online or by calling us at (615) 340-4733.