When Should I Get My Eyes Examined?
Patient Education – Get Your Eyes Examined
Healthcare professionals recommend routine vision screenings for children at birth, 6-months, 3 years and 5 years old. Older children and teenagers should have vision screenings when you bring them in for a routine checkup with their pediatrician and a complete eye exam at least every two years.
The American Optometric Association recommends adults should get their eyes examined every two years up to age 60, while yearly vision examinations are recommended for everyone over 61 years old. Older patients have a greater chance of developing more serious eyesight problems such as diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma.
Routine vision screenings will allow your eye doctor to become aware of any developing vision concerns and will recommend a treatment plan based on the results of your exam. More frequent vision tests are recommended for anyone with a family history of eye disease or if you have high risk factors for developing vision problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Choosing an Eye Health Doctor
Read our companion article, Choosing an Eye Doctor, to learn the difference between an optician, optometrist and ophthalmologist. Every My EyeLab location is staffed with a board-certified optometrist, either in our store or next to the store.
Eye exams can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 or more depending if you are visiting a retail optical store with an optometrist on site, or a private practice eye doctor. Many eyeglass stores offer free eye exams with the purchase of prescription glasses. Contact Eye Lab to schedule your next cheap eye examination, qualified purchases include a FREE eye exam, contact your local store for details.
What to Expect at Your Eye Exam
Eye health care practitioners can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Eye doctors can decide what vision problems you are having such as myopia or hyperopia, or if the issue is difficulty focusing on close-up objects.
Your eye doctor will usually use eye drops to dilate your pupils before starting the exam. This allows him a better view into the interior structure of your eye. Besides determining if you are nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism or problem with focusing up close, your eye doctor will test for eye diseases and conditions such as color blindness and glaucoma.
Routine eye exams will check a variety of things including:
- Eye movement skills
- Distance vision
- Focusing ability
- Peripheral vision
- Hand-eye coordination
- Near vision
Eye Problems Detected During Eye Exams
- Myopia or nearsightedness. Objects in the distance appear blurry.
- Hyperopia or farsightedness. Nearby objects appear blurry.
- Presbyopia refers to the loss of ability to focus as you age. Very close objects, such as a menu, appear blurry.
- Astigmatism refers to blurred vision due to irregularly shaped cornea or other structure in the eye.
Eye charts are used to measure your visual acuity with 20/20 being the standard normal measurement that doesn’t require the use of prescription glasses. 20/30 vision refers to someone sitting 20 feet away from the eye chart who can see a line on the eye chart as well as someone with normal vision viewing the chart from 30 feet away.
Tonometry is a quick and pain-free test that uses a puff of air blown towards your eye to detect if you have glaucoma. Optometrists also use a variety of other optical equipment to test your vision including slit-lamps, retinoscopes, eye charts, autorefractors and aberrometers.
Have you ever wondered what that big piece of equipment with all the different lenses is called? It’s a phoropter and is used to decide your exact eyeglass prescription which determines what type of glasses you need, such as single vision glasses or bifocal lenses.
Visit My EyeLab for a Free Eye Exam
The next time you are looking for a coupon for a free eye exam, call Eye Lab at 888-393-3627 and schedule an appointment for your next vision test. Purchase two pair of eyeglasses, starting at $69, and receive a free eye examination from a board-certified Doctor of Optometry.