Comprehensive Eye Exams

While young, healthy patients with good vision only require eye exams once or twice a decade, older patients (past 50 or so) should plan on an eye exam every two or three years. For those with a history of eye problems or disease, your ophthalmologist may require more frequent visits to monitor your vision.

If you experience any changes in your vision between regularly scheduled visits you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Early detection of problems and treatment of problems can be the key to preventing loss of vision.

Comprehensive eye exams for adults may include the following: 

  • Review of family and personal health history
  • Examination of the interior and exterior of the eye for signs of eye disease or general health problems such as diabetes or hardening of the arteries
  • Eye pressure and field of vision tests to diagnose glaucoma
  • Refraction to determine glasses or contact lens prescription
  • Slit lamp examination and dilated examination
When Should I Have My Eyes Examined?

Any time that you experience a sudden change in your vision, pain, redness, discharge, flashes of light, and/or floaters or spots, you should contact our office immediately and tell the receptionist what you are experiencing so they will prioritize a time for your appointment.

Eye Exams for Adults & Seniors

If you are in overall good health, and to the best of your knowledge you have not been diagnosed with any eye health problems or eye diseases, scheduling an eye examination every two years is usually sufficient. It is important that if you have any family member who has been told that they have glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or you are diabetic, you will need to be examined at least each year or as directed by your eye doctor or family doctor. A number of eye problems and eye conditions become more frequent with age. In particular, cataract formation and other age-related macula problems increase in frequency for patients over 55-60 years of age and even healthy people should consider scheduling a routine eye exam each year if they fall into this age group. Anyone over 40 should have an eye exam and glaucoma testing each year and anyone over 50 with a family history of macular degeneration should also be examined annually.