Comprehensive eye exams use a series of evaluations to assess not only the quality and clarity of your vision, but also the health and function of your eyes. Exams include assessments of vision at different distances and under specific circumstances, as well as assessing how well your eyes work in tandem, how well you perceive depth, your peripheral vision, and other aspects of vision.
These exams can help identify specific vision disorders and provide important information about potential underlying conditions, and they can also help determine if you need corrective lenses as well as determining your ideal prescription.
Additional exams focus on evaluating the health of your eye’s structures, including the clear corneal covering at the front of your eye and the light-sensitive retina and optic nerve at the back of your eye. During the exam, special drops are used to painlessly dilate your pupils so the eye doctor can see into the back region of your eye.
Comprehensive eye exams provide a wealth of important information about your eyes and your vision to help you enjoy the best vision and optimal eye health at every age. Many eye diseases cause few or even no symptoms until permanent vision loss has occurred. Having regular comprehensive eye exams helps identify these diseases in their earliest stages so they can be treated before vision loss occurs. Plus, routine exams help you identify important lifestyle behaviors that can help you avoid issues like eye strain and some types of dry eye.
Most people should have comprehensive eye exams every one to three years, depending on their age and their risk factors for eye diseases and vision problems. Annual exams are especially important for people as they get older and are at an increased risk for age-related eye diseases and vision problems. People who wear contact lenses also need to be evaluated annually to assess the health of their corneas, the clear covering of the eye that supports the lenses.
And of course, kids also need frequent eye exams to identify vision issues that could interfere with learning or could be indicators of more serious developing eye problems. Ideally, kids should have their first eye exam by six months of age, with subsequent exams at three years of age and before first grade. Your eye doctor will determine the best exam schedule for your specific needs.
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