Have Your Eyes Checked Regularly!
Regular Eye Tests Are Important for Problems to Be Treated Early
It is important to have your eyes checked regularly because you may not be aware that there is something wrong as there may be no symptoms.
Some symptoms like high pressure in the eyes, which can lead to glaucoma, have no early symptoms that can warn you in the early stages. Such symptoms can only be detected during an eye examination. If you only find out in the advanced stage of the disease, it can make treatment difficult and the problem harder to reverse.
For some people, they may notice changes in their vision, in which case, they should have their eyes checked to find out the cause.
An eye test will show if you need to wear spectacles for the first time or if you are already using them, to find out if you need to change your current ones because of changes in your vision. Or, worse, it may be an early sign of something more serious which needs to be treated early to prevent any permanent loss in vision.
How Often Should You Have Your Eyes Checked?
Young or old, it is advisable that you see an optometrist or ophthalmologist regularly to make sure that all is well with your eyes.
Three Years Old and Below
Get the doctor to check your child’s eyes during his regular appointments with your paediatrician or family doctor. Some common eye conditions to look out for are “squint” and “lazy eye.”
Older Children And Teenagers
Have your child’s eyes checked every one or two years during routine health check-ups or when you take him to the optician to get his glasses.
Young Adults (Age 20 To 39)
Have a comprehensive eye examination if you have a family history of eye disease or if you are suffering from an eye injury.
Older Adults (Age 40 To 64)
As you age, you are more likely to develop age-related eye conditions. To monitor changes in your vision, go for a base-line eye disease screening when you are 40 years old. From the results of the screening, the doctor will advise you accordingly on the frequency for follow-up examination.
What happens during an eye examination?
Eye examinations are not painful. Your eye doctor will usually conduct a basic eye examination that will consist of an external check of your eyes, the eyelids and the surrounding areas. He will also look at parts of the eye such as the conjunctiva, sclera, cornea and iris, for any signs
A complete eye examination includes:
- • Testing your vision (with or without correct eyewear)
- • Testing your peripheral vision
- • Assessing the reflexes of your pupils
- • Checking the function of your eye muscles
- • Testing the pressure in the eyes
- • Examination of the front and back of the eye
For Those At Risk
If you have a family history of eye disease, or are suffering from medical conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, or you are on certain prescription medications which may affect the eyes, you should have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist more frequently. Check with your doctor for the intervals between check-ups.