No matter what your age or health is, it’s crucial to have regular eye exams.
During a thorough eye examination at Lucent Family Eye Care, your eye doctor will decide upon your prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Your doctor will also inspect your eyes for commonplace eye disorders, check how your eyes work together, and assess your eyes as an indicator of your overall wellness.
A thorough eye exam at our Burnaby, BC office includes various procedures which are designed to evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your sight. Some of these tests are simple, like having you read an eye chart, and some are complicated, such as using a powerful lens to examine the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eyecare specialists suggest that you have a thorough eye exam every one to three years, depending on how old you are, your health, and any risk factors you may have.
Children. Eyecare experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children in Burnaby have vision issues. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have an eye exam at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again before school starts. Children who don’t have vision issues or risk factors for eye or sight problems should have an eye examination at least every two years throughout school.
Children who have current vision issues or risk factors should have their eyes examined more often. Commonplace risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children with vision problems who wear glasses or contact lenses should have an eye exam at least yearly or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA suggests a yearly eye examination for all adults who wears glasses or contacts. If you don’t generally need vision correction, you will require an eye examination every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on how quickly your vision changes and your health. Doctors often recommend that adults who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders have more frequent examinations because many diseases can have a negative impact on vision and eyes.
When you are over 40, you should have an eye exam every one to two years to check for commonplace age-related eye issues such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
The risk of eye disease increases with age, therefore eye doctors recommend that everyone over the age of 60 be examined annually.