How often do you really need to have an eye exam? Why?

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You go to your dentist twice a year and you never fail to schedule an annual physical, but when was the last time you saw your eye doctor? Eye exams are just as important as any other medical appointment, but we often neglect to schedule them. Does it matter? How often do you really need to have an eye exam, anyway? Read on find out, and to learn why eye exams are so important.

  • How often should you schedule an eye exam? For most people, the answer falls between one and three years. Adults between the ages of 18 and 60 should go about every two years, and adults over age 65 should schedule an appointment annually. Children should be seen by the time they’re six months old, again around age three and just before kindergarten, and annually after that. Of course, you might need to be seen more frequently than is common for your age group if you have certain risk factors or wear glasses or contacts.
  • Frequent eye exams help your eye doctor to keep up with your changing body. As we age, our bodies, including our eyes, change. During the eye examination procedure, your eye doctor will look not just for eye problems, but also for problems with the overall health of your body. Many different illnesses cause symptoms that a trained eye specialist can find during an examination of eye issues. And because your eyes are changing, your prescription for glasses or contacts may change as well, and your doctor will need to adjust it accordingly.
  • Neglecting eye exams can lead to bigger issues. Many health conditions can be treated more successfully when diagnosed early in their progression. Cataracts, for example, may cause no symptoms until they’re hardened and difficult to remove. Cancer is also something you want to catch quickly, and certain types of cancer can be detected when you have regular eye exams. When you see your eye doctor annually, he or she will have a better understanding of your history and your eyes and will therefore be more likely to notice when something is wrong. Familiarity with your personal and family history makes your eye doctor better able to diagnose illnesses quickly, in time for them to be treated successfully.

When you’re ready to schedule an eye examination, Snead Eye Group is ready for you. With optical shops and surgery centers located throughout southwest Florida, Snead Eye Group uses state-of-the art equipment and the latest technology and practices to provide the best possible eye care. It’s all part of our commitment to improving not only our patients’ vision but also their quality of life. Contact us through our website to schedule an eye exam or to find the location nearest you.


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