The Importance of Eye Exams

Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018 by Dr. Binoy Jani

Importance of eye examsIf you’re like most people, you are well aware of how important it is to schedule your yearly physical exam and dental checkups. But did you know it is just as important to get your eyes checked regularly?

In this blog post, the trusted Fredericksburg and Culpeper ophthalmologists at Vista Eye Specialists discuss the importance of regular eye exams.

Eye Exams Diagnose Vision Problems

Perhaps the most obvious reason for getting your eyes examined is to check for common vision problems. Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can only be diagnosed through a routine eye exam. Eye exams are also crucial to diagnose common vision problems among children, including strabismus (“crossed eyes”) and amblyopia (“lazy eye”). Research shows such vision problems can lead to learning difficulties among children and decrease productivity in adults.

Early Detection and Treatment Can Save Your Vision

Many serious eye conditions (e.g., cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration) do not exhibit any early symptoms. If left untreated, these conditions can lead to irreversible vision loss. Regular eye exams play an essential role in early detection and can treat these conditions to either slow or stop them from getting worse.

Eye Health Is Linked to Overall Health

Your eyes are like windows into your overall health, as some systemic health conditions have visual symptoms. For instance, diabetes can cause the blood vessels in the retina to leak blood or yellow fluid. Other conditions that can be detected via eye exams include hypertension, thyroid disease and autoimmune disorders.

How Often Should You Get Your Eyes Checked?

How often you should get your eyes checked will depend on your age and visual needs. The specific tests included in your exam will also vary based on your needs. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends scheduling routine eye exams at the following ages:

  • 6 months of age for infants
  • Age 3 and then again 5 or 6 for young children
  • Every two years for grade-school children and teenagers
  • Every two years for adults ages 18 to 60
  • Every year for adults ages 61 and older
  • At least once a year for children and adults who wear prescription eyewear

To schedule a comprehensive eye exam or discuss your vision needs with us, please contact Vista Eye Specialists by calling 1-888-EYE-JANI (393-5264) today.