If you're not in the habit of getting your eyes checked, you may wonder what goes into a typical eye exam -- and why your West Des Moines eye doctor at Lock Family Eye Care urges you to schedule them. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions on the topic.
- How often should I schedule an eye exam? The AOA recommends an eye exam every two years for most healthy adults, or every year if you have an eye/vision issue. Pediatric eye exams should occur at the ages of 6 months, 3 years and 5-6 years. Seniors need annual eye exams.
- My eyes seem fine. Do I still need an eye exam? You can't always tell how healthy your eyes are just by looking around. Many of the most damaging eye diseases betray no symptoms in their early stages. Regular exams are the only way your optometrist can catch these problems before they can do enough damage to affect your vision permanently.
- Why are eye exams for children so important? Children's vision develops only to the extent that the coordination between eyes and brain can allow. Functional or refractive errors can cause significant delays in this development, along with physical coordination and even academic progress.
- Why do seniors need annual eye exams? Seniors are prone to age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy -- all of which need to be detected and treated as early as possible. Seniors may also have more trouble with issues as dry eye.
- What are main parts of an eye exam at our clinic? Your optometrist performs tests to check how well your eyes are functioning, vision tests to check for refractive errors that need correcting, and health evaluations of the eye's interior and exterior.
- How does your Optomap system make eye exams easier and more accurate? Optomap is a digital system that lets us photograph up to 80 percent of the eye's interior without having to dilate the pupils first. This system produces detailed color photos that we can share with you immediately and store for future reference.
- If I have an eye disorder or vision problem, can my optometrist treat it? Either optometrist at Lock Family Eye Care has the training, skill, and experience to treat eye and vision problems that might turn up in your eye exam in West Des Moines. We can administer treatments for glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye and many other disorders. If you require specialized care, we can refer you to the appropriate specialist and co-manage those treatments.
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