Eye disorders can leave a lasting impact on you or even rob you of your vision. Regular eye exams are a vital first step in catching eye problems before that happens. If you’re worried about your vision, or just need your regularly scheduled check-up, the eye care professionals of All About Eyes of Sayville in Sayville, New York, are here to help. Call the office or set up an appointment online today.
The earlier you catch a problem with your eyes or your vision, the better your chances are of making a full and speedy recovery. Getting regular eye exams from your doctor helps catch illnesses and injuries before they get bad enough to cause symptoms.
Adults under 30 should get an eye exam about every five years, but the older you get, the more often you should have your eyes checked. If you’re over 55, it’s a good idea to be examined about every year or two — more if you wear glasses or contacts.
Children should get eye exams every few years in adolescence, but pediatricians will often be able to catch any common eye problem that presents in children, like lazy eyes.
If you’re seeing an eye-care specialist for the first time, think about the answers to these questions about your vision history before you get to the office:
Considering these factors can make a big difference in giving your doctor at All About Eyes of Sayville a clear picture of your medical history, so think carefully.
In addition to asking questions about your vision and medical history, your doctor will perform a series of quick, painless tests. These are done mainly to measure how clear your vision is, how strong the muscles around your eyes are, their responsiveness to light, and the amount of pressure in each eye.
Some of these tests mean your doctor just asks you to read numbers or letters off a chart or follow a bright light with your eyes as it moves around a screen.
The more hands-on of these tests involve a numbing agent or a fluorescent liquid called fluorescein being added to your eye with a dropper, allowing your eye to be inspected more easily by your doctor. Other tests involve a quick jet of air being pumped toward the eye.
Finally, sometimes your doctor will need to dilate your pupils to see more clearly what is affecting your eyes. This process can make it uncomfortable to be around bright light for several hours afterward but is safe and painless as well.
If you think you need an eye exam or have any questions about your eyes and vision, call the office or set an appointment up online today.