A comprehensive eye exam is recommended once a year. During your visit the doctor will check to see if there has been a change in prescription as well as check the health of the eye. If detected early, many sight-threatening diseases, can be treated to prevent, or slow, the progression of any vision loss. Patients who are diabetic or have a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration should be checked yearly and at times more frequently.
Children should receive their first comprehensive eye examination before the age of 3 and again before they enter school, unless a specific condition or history of family childhood vision problems necessitates an earlier examination. Many delays in learning can be common vision problems that children struggle with everyday in the classroom. Having an eye exam before school starts is imperative to setting a good foundation.
No. Wearing glasses will not cause your eyes to get worse but, wearing your glasses will help you see better. Some people believe their uncorrected vision becomes worse after wearing glasses for a while. What is in fact taking place is your brain is getting used to 20/20 and is adapting and liking the new clearer image, so when you remove your glasses the brain rejects the blurry image. Give your eyes the vision it deserves.
Dilation is a critical part of every comprehensive eye examination. When dilating your eyes, we look for any signs of rips or holes in your retina. We look for any eye tumors or cancers, any signs of diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, macular degeneration or any other disease that could affect your vision. Many diseases and conditions can be found at their earliest stages during an eye exam. If found and treated early on, your risk of losing vision is much less.
Many factors go into patients who are myopic or near-sighted. Nearsightedness can be corrected by wearing glasses, contact lenses or by having refractive surgery.
Here are some tips to keep your glasses in great shape:
- Always rinse your glasses off before cleaning
- Use sprays or cleansers from Eye Care & Wear that are specifically made to clean eyeglass lenses
- Never use paper towels, tissue, or napkins to dry your lenses
- Hold your frames by gripping the piece that crosses the bridge of the nose to prevent bending
- Store away glasses in a case when you’re not wearing them
- Don’t lay your glasses lens down
- Wash your glasses at least once a day