It’s always important to visit the eye doctor for an annual exam, but there are several reasons to visit the between those examinations. Children should have their first eye exam at six months, the second at three years and the third before kinder garden. Usually the schools will recommend an eye examination with the eye doctor every school year.
The Optometric Academy recommends annual eye exams from six to sixty-five years old. These are the individuals that are not at risk for any ocular health problems.
When Should You Visit The Eye Doctor
If you are at risk for any eye related health problems you should be scheduled as best determined by the eye doctor. There are many risk for your vision. A few of these risks are diabetes and high blood pressure. These two disease can cause harm to our eyes. Family history is always a risk factor. If you have family history of macular degeneration or glaucoma you definitely need a yearly eye examination. Many patients have dry eyes, This is a very common complaint that can be managed, but may require multiple visits throughout the year.
Other Signs That You Need To Visit The Eye Doctor
Some other obvious signs are blurry vision, squinting, flashes or floaters and headaches. If you are squinting or have blurry vision once a year eye examination is probably all that is required. This may be a new symptom or you may just need to change your prescription in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Floaters in your vision can be normal. It is a fairly common complaint since they can be very annoying. It’s not normal if you see a lot of floaters all of a sudden or have flashes of light associated with the floaters. These symptoms can be a result of a retinal detachment and can cause permanent blindness if not treated right away.
Headaches are a common complaint and you may have astigmatism. Astigmatism is a result of an irregular shape of the eye. This condition causes headaches and eye strain. Astigmatism is easily corrected by wearing eyeglasses and or contact lenses.
Eye Infections have many symptoms. If your eyes are red, irritated, swollen, blurry vision, itchiness or pain it could be an eye infection. Some eye infections may clear up on their own but they can get worse if untreated. Why take the chance, visit the eye doctors right away.
A great eye examination can rule out any eye health problems at that time. Even if you don’t have any signs of any eye problems you should schedule an eye exam your eye doctor every two years.
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