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Health experts recommend regular eye exams to ensure good vision throughout your life. These examinations can help you to see more clearly for work, academic pursuits, and recreational activities. They can also find eye diseases in the early stages, so the problem can be quickly treated. Here are a number of frequently asked questions and their answers, to help you understand the importance of eye exams.
Generally, individuals should get an eye exam annually. However, if you have a health condition that might affect your vision, such as diabetes, more frequent eye exams may be recommended. Children should get their first eye exam at the age of one year. Eye doctors can determine how well small children are able to see even before they are verbal. After their initial visit, children should get an eye exam before the age of preschool entry, around three years, and before kindergarten, at age 5. Older people may require more frequent eye exams for changes in prescription.
The eye doctor will first ask you questions about your medical history and the type of work you do. The doctor will also ask if you have had any eye injuries or vision problems in the past. The exam will begin with a visual inspection of the structures of the eyes with special equipment. The doctor will use a number of aids and will ask you to read letters from a chart or have you cover one eye and then the other to determine certain problems.
The doctor will also examine your eyes to see if there are any abnormalities that could indicate the beginning of an eye disease. Next, you may be asked to look through a device that has many different lenses that help to clarify vision. This helps the doctor determine what your prescription for vision correction should be.
The eye doctor looks for any abnormalities in the structure in the interior of the eyes. Inflammation or redness that may indicate an infection are noted for possible treatment. The doctor will also look for any injury to the eye or signs of past injuries that may affect vision. Finally, the eye doctor will look for signs of common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or retinopathy.
Age, family history, and certain medical conditions can put individuals at greater risk for vision problems. Some of these problems can be serious and can pose a threat to your vision. Eye doctors are trained to detect small changes that allow them to diagnose these problems at an early stage, which can be critical for successful treatment.
Dr. Adam Drees and his friendly staff can provide the highest quality care for patients in Austin, TX and surrounding communities. We offer a broad range of vision care services.
Contact our Westlake Hills Vision Center today at 512-651-5186 to make an appointment to have your eyes examined to ensure good vision throughout your life.
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