Like many people, you may take your sight for granted, especially if you enjoy good eye health and visual acuity. Regular eye exams, however, are key to maintaining good vision at every stage of your life. These frequently asked questions from Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix explain why routine eye care is vital to preserving your sight.
Why Do I Need Routine Eye Exams?
Vision doesn’t remain the same forever. Eye exams can help detect changes in your vision that are keeping you from seeing as well as you should. An eye exam will reveal if you have myopia, farsightedness, or astigmatism, so you can obtain the corrective lenses you need to improve your sight.
Even if you have 20/20 vision, you still need regular eye exams to monitor changes in your eye health. Some eye conditions and diseases show no symptoms in their early stages. Our eye doctors, however, can detect these diseases during an eye exam, so you can get treatment. By managing or treating an eye condition early on, you can avoid permanent vision loss.
How Often Should I Schedule an Eye Exam?
If you’re an adult with good vision, you can schedule an eye exam every two years. Seniors may want to have exams annually as they’re more susceptible to eye diseases. Children with good vision should see their eye doctor every two years. If your child has vision problems, it’s best to bring him to our clinic annually for a checkup.
Individuals who show signs of vision problems in between exams should contact our optometry specialists for a checkup as soon as possible to reduce the risk of vision loss.
What Can I Expect from An Eye Exam?
Our Phoenix ophthalmologists and optometrists will first review your medical history to see if you have had past issues with your eyes. We’ll then test your visual acuity and check your eye health to detect signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts that can lead to vision loss. Depending on the results of your exam, we’ll recommend a course of action or treatment.
Will You Dilate My Eyes During an Eye Exam?
Our eye specialists don’t need to dilate your eyes every time you come in for an exam. After checking your eye health, we’ll determine if dilation is needed. We may dilate your eyes to examine the retina and optic nerve for signs of eye diseases if needed. Early diagnosis of eye diseases can help preserve your vision.
See Our Phoenix Optometrists for Routine Eye Exams
Regular eye care is essential to maintaining good eye health and preserving your sight. To schedule an eye exam at Eye Doctors of Arizona in Phoenix, call us at 602-257-8280 today.