How Often Should I Go To The Eye Doctor ? “This is a question I hear frequently” says optometrist Dr. Elaine Happ. “ Many people feel that if they are not having problems with their vision there is no need to see an eye doctor.”
According to the American Optometric Association, periodic eye and vision examinations are an important part of preventive health care. Many eye and vision problems have no obvious symptoms so individuals are unaware that problems exist. Vision loss resulting from the progression of diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration is irreversible, so early diagnosis and treatment is important for maintaining good vision and eye health.
Adults that wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should see their eye doctor annually to keep their prescriptions current. Adults under 40 years of age that don’t wear corrective lenses and are not experiencing any vision or eye problems can go two years between visits.
At approximately 40 years of age adults should have a comprehensive eye health evaluation to screen for age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. At this visit your eye doctor can also detect early signs of diabetes, hypertension and other systemic diseases.
Follow Eye Doctor’s Recommendations
Dr. Happ recommends that you are diligent in following your eye doctor’s recommendations for scheduled visits if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or if you are 60 years of age or older. You should see your eye doctor immediately if you experience sudden loss of vision, eye pain or a sudden onset of double vision.
The eye doctors at Uptown Eye Care perform comprehensive eye health evaluations that include screenings for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and a thorough examination of the internal structures of the eye. Contact us to schedule your appointment today