Eye Exams are Important at Every Age

Most people understand the importance of seeing their doctor for regular exams in order to maintain their health.  But seeing an eye doctor on a regular basis is just as important in order to maintain proper eye heath and preserve your vision.

Start Early

The old saying about the early bird catching the worm is an accurate one, as many eye conditions are more effectively treated the earlier they are detected.  Unfortunately, many children are not getting regular eye exams, instead relying on simple vision screenings that do not detect many forms of eye disease.  For example, Amblyopia, a vision development disorder, can affect 2-3% of all children.  If promptly treated, vision loss can be avoided.  But if left untreated, it can escalate to the point of legal blindness.

Continued Vision Care 

As you age, regular eye exams can detect many eye diseases that can cause serious damage if not treated such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration

Many eye diseases start without any symptoms and therefore go unnoticed for long periods of time, making treatment options more difficult in some cases.  A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect these diseases in their early stages when treatment is most effective for preventing vision loss.

Recommended Frequency Of Eye Exams

  • Children should have regular eye exams to detect common diseases that need early treatment. The recommended ages for eye exams for children are 6 months, 3 years old and before kindergarten. They should be performed yearly after age 5.
  • People with diabetes and those at higher risk for Glaucoma should get a dilated eye exam every year

Regular visits to your optometrist can keep your vision strong throughout your life.  Contact Family Vision Development Center in Aurora to schedule an appointment for each of your family members to get started on better eye health.  Use our convenient online appointment request form, call us at 630-862-2020 or visit fvdcpc.com for more information.

Full referenced article HERE