No matter what your age or state of physical health, it's vital to have regular eye exams at our Mt. Airy Eye Care center. Conveniently located near you, our optometrists' have provided eye care for the entire family for over 35 years.
Your Mt. Airy Eye Exam
During a full eye check-up, your eye doctor will not only look at your required prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also identify the presence of common eye diseases, check how well your eyes work together and account how your eyes and vision factor in your general health.
A full eye examination includes a variety of checks and tests to assess your eye health and vision quality. In your eye check-up you will have a variety of tests ranging from standard ones like having you read an eye chart, to more specialized tests, such as the use of a high-powered lens to look at the health of your inner eye.
Eyecare experts suggest a comprehensive eye examination every every one to three years, determined based on your age, certain risk factors, and physical health.
Children's Eye Exams
It is estimated that around 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision related issues. As recommended by the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes checked at the age of 6 months, 3 years and again when they begin school. Children without vision related issues or a tendency for the development of vision concerns are recommended to have their eyes tested at least every two years during their school life.
Children with current vision problems or associated risk factors are encouraged to have their eyes tested more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include a known family history of eye disease, developmental delays, premature birth, crossed or turned eyes, a history of eye injury and other physical ailments or disease.
The AOA suggests an eye examination at least every 12 months for children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses or according to their eye doctor's assessment. See more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Eye Exams for Adults
The AOA also advises that any adult who wears corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses has an annual eye exam. If you don't usually require your vision corrected, then you still need to have an eye exam every two to three years until 40 years of age, dependent on the rate of change in your vision and overall state of health. Doctors often suggest more frequent eye examinations for adults with conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other disorders which can can influence vision and overall eye health.
If you are over the age of 40, it's suggested that your eyes are examined every one to two years to look for widespread age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and presbyopia. You can read more about Vision After 40 here.
The risk of eye disease increases with age so it's strongly suggested that everyone over the age of 60 should have their eyes examined annually. See more about Vision After 60.