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When Should You Have An Eye Care Exams

May 27, 2008
Like every other part of our bodies our eyes are also subject to wear and tear be it from the ultra violet rays of the sun, pollution and dust in the air, transmittable diseases or stress from looking at a computer screen all day.

Most of us go to our family doctors to undertake a physical exam to see how our overall health is. Other people take their health for granted. Why is it then that many of us disregard our eyesight. To guarantee healthy and normal vision, an annual visit to your eye doctor for your eye care exam is necessary.

Our brain receives sensory information from our eyes giving us a clear picture of our surrounds. Therefore keeping them in optimum shape will ensure proper signals being received by the brain insuring consequential action and reactions. If your vision is deteriorating your life performance will be affected.

We recommend that eye care exams should start from a very early age, that is even babies of 2-6 months should have their eyes checked to correct any abnormalities, while children entering primary school and again when entering secondary school should also have eye care exams which will detect any vision problems allowing corrective action to be taken to rectify the problem.

With the onset of old age, it is of vital importance to have an eye care exam performed every year because every time you visit your eye doctor they can evaluate any changes in your vision and help you correct any difficulties that you may have with your sight. Early diagnosis of any potential problems will decrease the chance of severe damage to our sight.

It is proven that Elderly citizens are more susceptible to vision loss, they should be aware that the probability of having vision disorders increases with age, even though you might not be experiencing any problem, therefore you should visit your eye doctor regularly for an eye care exam.

An eye care exam is a painless and informative method for the assessment of your eyes. The eye doctors will test your visual acuity, which is the clarity of your vision. During the eye care exam, the doctor will also check the muscles of the eyes, eye pressure, fluid circulation, retina and general condition of your eyes.. The routine eye examination is not painful or uncomfortable.

Doctors Who Do Eye Care Exams

The Doctor who specializes in comprehensive eye care, visual system and the prevention of eye disease or injury is the ophthalmologist. They are medically trained specialists who can deliver total eye care exams, primary, secondary and tertiary care services while diagnosing general diseases of the eyes.

Whereas the health care professional who provides only primary care services is the optometrist. Services included are the comprehensive eye health and vision examinations: treatment and diagnosis of the vision disorders and eye diseases; the detection of general health problems; they prescribe the glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation and medications.

At What Interval Should You Have An Eye Care Exam?

If you notice any deterioration in your eye sight, pain or visual disturbances or any other problem in the eyes, you should immediately see an eye doctor. However, if you enjoy good health and have no known ailments, no vision problems, an eye exam every two to four years is sufficient, provided your age is below forty. For people with diabetes, there is a need for frequent eye examinations to maintain good eye health.

Remember prevention is better than a cure, so make sure you are aware of your vision and if you note any deterioration get on down and have an eye care exam.
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