Regular eye exams are an important part of preventive health. Eyes can sometimes reveal greater health concerns or “silent problems” like glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy. Read on to find out how often you should be getting an eye exam and why they are so important.
How often should I get an eye exam?
If you are over the age of 40, it is recommended that you get your eyes checked every one to two years. If you have a history of eye problems, or have a family history that shows eye issues, you should see your eye doctor once every year. If you are under the age of 40 and have no eye issues, your doctor may recommend an eye exam every 2 years. Ask what your doctor thinks is best for you, depending on your specific health history and situation.
How to prepare for your eye exam
When you call the office to make your eye exam appointment, share any eye issues you are having. Prior to your visit, make a list of questions or concerns you have so you won’t forget. Also, be prepared to list the medications you are currently taking as well as your family’s eye history.
If you have contact lenses or glasses, bring them with you. You may also want to bring a pair of sunglasses for your trip home. Your visit may require a dilation exam during which the doctor will use eye drops to widen your pupils. This of course will make them sensitive to all forms of light for a few hours after the exam.
What happens during an eye exam?
During your exam, your eye doctor will speak with you about your medical and vision history. You will likely have one or all of the following tests (in addition to others) during your visit: eye muscle movement test, cover test, external exam and pupil reactions, visual acuity test, retinal examination, and glaucoma testing.
Schedule an appointment
To schedule your next eye exam, call Aker Kasten Eye Center at (561) 338-7722. We look forward to helping you achieve healthy vision.