The Importance of Having a Periodic Eye Exam
The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends seeing an ophthalmologist or a doctor of optometry for a comprehensive eye and vision examination periodically, every 1 to 2 years, depending on your age, specific needs, and whether you are at risk for eye and vision problems. The presence of risk factors such as systemic conditions with ocular manifestations (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure), family history of eye-related problems, functional vision in only one eye, and wearing contact lenses may call for more frequent eye exams, at least once a year.
If you live in Castle Rock, CO, or surrounding areas and you’re looking for a reputable and experienced doctor of optometry who uses advanced computerized technology to perform a comprehensive eye exam Castle Rock, Colorado, then The Meadows Family Eye Care is a sensible choice. The established eye center’s range of services includes walk-in eye exams and specialized eye exams such as a diabetic eye exam which involves a thorough assessment of the retina without having to dilate the pupil, thanks to new technology. Be advised that many vision and eye problems have no obvious symptoms.
A comprehensive eye and vision examination can detect potential eye health and vision problems in their early stages and involves multiple tests that assess peripheral vision, eye health, and intraocular pressure, among others. These tests include, but are not limited to, visual acuity measurements ( note that normal distance visual acuity is 20/20), eye movement, eye teaming, and eye focusing testing, and refraction measurements ( to assess the presence of potential refractive errors such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism). For people who are 65 and older, supplemental testing may include tests for cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, as well as the ocular effects of systemic health disorders and certain medications.
According to the AOA, the pediatric patient should also receive an eye and vision examination periodically – at 6 to 12 months of age, at least once between 3 and 5 years of age, as well as before 1st grade and at least once a year thereafter. The factors that place an infant, toddler, or child at risk for eye-related problems include difficult labor ( associated with fetal distress), infection with a certain virus during pregnancy, premature birth, strabismus, high refractive error, and more.
If you want to receive a comprehensive eye exam Castle Rock, CO and you’re looking for an experienced and trusted doctor of optometry in this area, do not hesitate to get in touch with The Meadows Family Eye Care by phone at (303) 660-6005 or via the online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan or Dr. Reid.