The Importance of Eye Exams
Most adults between the ages of 19 and 64 should have an eye exam at least every two years. However, those with a family history of eye disease, strong prescriptions, diabetes, and people over 65 should visit the optometrist at least once per year. Regular eye exams allow your optometrist to closely monitor your eyes for ocular health issues or irregularities. If you can’t remember when your last exam was, it’s probably time to book an appointment.
Diagnosing Eye Disease
Most ocular diseases progress gradually, meaning it is difficult to detect a change in your vision. Many people won’t notice a loss of vision until their sight has been substantially and irreversibly reduced. That’s why an eye exam with your optometrist is so important. They can detect an eye disease before you may notice any changes.
At an eye exam, we perform various tests that measure your vision, your refraction, the pressure inside your eyes, and any changes to your ocular health. We check for ocular diseases, including:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Diabetic retinopathy
Treating Eye Disease
Early diagnosis is essential to treating eye disease. If we are able to diagnose the disease early, during an eye exam, we can help prevent vision loss and recommend management and treatment options. Cataract surgery, for example, is a treatment option that will restore your vision. Many ocular diseases can cause irreversible vision loss if they are left undiagnosed for too long, and treatment may be challenging and potentially, less effective.