Do I really need an eye exam? What should I expect if I come in for an exam?
We are so glad you are asking! We are passionate about healthy eyes and our specialists would love to help you out. The simplest answer to the question, “Do I really need an eye exam?”, is that if you’ve never had one before or haven’t had one in the last few years then it is certainly important to stop in for one. Depending on your overall health and any pre-existing eye conditions, it might actually be recommended that you come in for an exam on a yearly basis or in some cases every 3-4 months. Not only is eye health important so that you can see clearly for a lifetime but your eye care provider is often able to provide unique insight into other potential medical issues that may be initially discovered during an eye exam.
Here are some general guidelines to help you determine how often your eyes should be examined if you have no risk factors for eye disease (such as diabetes).
- Infants should be examined one time before the age of 6 months old. This is often done by your child’s pediatrician but can also be done by an optometrist or ophthalmologist
- Children without risk factors between the ages of 1 and 18 should have their eyes examined every 3-4 years. Children that wear glasses should be seen on an annual basis. Children with risk factors for eye disease (family history of congenital eye conditions, diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) should be seen at least annually and perhaps more often depending on your eye care providers recommendation
- Healthy adults between the age of 40 and 60 should be seen every 2-3 years if they have no vision complaints and no known eye problems
- Adults who are aged 65 years or older should be seen every 1-2 years (or often more frequently depending on their overall health or the health of their eyes)
- Individuals who have any family history of eye disease including but not limited to glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, or early onset vision loss should have a screening exam at their earliest availability
- Individuals with systemic conditions (such as diabetes or hypertension) should have their eyes examined annually
What should I expect when I come in for an exam? Our entire team is dedicated to making this one of the easiest doctor’s appointments you’ve ever had. Your visit will involve time spent with one of our highly trained certified ophthalmic technicians who will gather important information that your doctor will use to develop an individualized plan for you. You will then spend time with the eye care provider who will take time to get to know you and any problems you might be having. They will perform an examination of your eyes using a special light and microscope called a slit lamp (don’t worry, your exam will be pain free – we promise!). After gathering all of the necessary information your doctor will work with you to develop a plan that will optimize your vision, comfort, and overall eye health. The entire process can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours depending on your unique needs as a patient.
Call us at (248)293-5161 to schedule an appointment with our Specialist in Eye Care.