How Often Should I Really Get My Eyes Checked

How frequently you should see the eye doctor can depend on several factors including your age and health. It is likely if you already have prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses that you have set up recurring yearly appointments to have your eyes evaluated, and if necessary, to change your prescription if your vision has changed, even slightly, in the last 12 months. But is 12 months the standard timeline for visiting the eye doctor? How often should I really get my eyes checked?

Keep in mind that even if you do not experience any changes in your vision, it is possible to have an eye condition or underlying health problem that is attributed to an eye disease that is so early in its development that you have yet to exhibit symptoms. If you are over the age of 40, your likelihood of cataract development and changes related to the retina increase. Vision screenings are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. To maintain healthy vision and to assess the health of your eye, experts recommend having your eyes checked at least every 2 years, but ideally an annual exam is more beneficial. You do not want to wait until you have irritating or even debilitating symptoms that are impairing your vision. Avoid the need for treatments, medications or possibly surgery with early intervention and preventative care.

Comprehensive eye examinations include discussing your family medical history, visual acuity measurement and testing of the visual function and health of the eyes that includes dilation of the eyes for depth perception, color blindness and peripheral vision. You can also anticipate testing for any refractive errors such as farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism. Glaucoma testing and a retinal exam may also be included.

To learn more about the importance of annual comprehensive exams visit here WEBSITE. If you are due to have your eyes checked, contact Pennachio Eye at 325-227-1999 to schedule an appointment. Keep your vision sharp with our expert care where we are committed to excellence with the latest technology and patient satisfaction. 

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