A comprehensive eye exam is one of the most reliable tools to maintain your visual health. It helps in the early identification of underlying vision problems, so we can provide immediate treatment. At Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, we understand you might feel nervous about undergoing one, especially if it’s your first time. The overwhelming anxiety may also cause you to forget questions you may want to ask your optometrist. To help you worry less, let us share four important things you should ask whenever you have an eye care appointment.
1. Am I Likely to Develop Any Vision Problems?
At the start of your visit, we may ask about your personal and family histories in detail since heredity is a major risk factor for most eye conditions. If any of your relatives have refractive errors, for example, this increases your risk of having them as well. That said, your environment, diet and lifestyle are also essential points to consider.
2. What Tests Will I Undergo Today?
We may then prepare a series of tests and procedures based on your established risk factors. Typically, this includes a visual acuity test wherein we may ask you to stand at a distance while reading letters and numbers off the Snellen chart. This measures how sharp your eyes are. If we find signs of refractive errors, we may prescribe wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses. We may also perform more conclusive imaging and diagnostic evaluations to check for signs of underlying or potential eye diseases.
3. What Are the Best Ways to Care for My Eyes?
Eating foods loaded with eye-friendly nutrients, like deep-ocean fish, leafy greens and citrus fruits, is one reliable way to take care of your eyes. We also recommend exercising regularly to help maintain adequate and proper blood flow in your eyes. Most importantly, remember to routinely have comprehensive eye exams. This way, we’ll be able to detect and manage eye conditions as soon as possible as well as constantly monitor and evaluate our suggested remedies.
4. How Often Should I Undergo a Comprehensive Eye Exam?
Your reliable eye doctor generally recommends that children undergo eye exams as soon as they are six months old. They should have another one by the time they reach three years old, before they enter their first grade of school and every other year afterward. Once they reach 18 years of age, we suggest they undergo one at least once every two years, unless otherwise recommended. If you’re 61 years old and above, it’s best to have your visual health assessed yearly.
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