Wednesday, January 4, 2012
How Often Should My Eyes Be Examined?
OK...you've graduated from school and now you are an adult. Congratulations! When, and how often, should you have your eyes examined? Well, if you are healthy and you don't need any glasses at all, you can probably be seen every 3 or 4 years until you reach 40 or so. After that once every 2 years is reasonable. At the age of 60 the Skyvision doctors think everyone should have a complete eye exam every year.
If you wear glasses to see near, far, or both it's best to be seen every two years until the age of 60, and then every year after that. For people who wear contact lenses, EVERYONE needs to be seen at least once per year. Contact lenses sometimes have "silent" problems, and the only way to know if you are safe to continue wearing them is by seeing your Skyvision Centers doctor every year.
There are some special rules for people with specific eye or medical problems. For example, if you have diabetes you need to have a complete, dilated eye exam at least once per year. We will send a note to your treating doctor with the results. Other medical problems or treaments like the use of Plaquenil or treating Hepatitis C have special requirements. Of course, if you have an eye disease like Glaucoma or Macular Degeneration you should follow your doctor's recommedations regarding follow-up exams.
Remember to keep your eyes safe! Don'f forget your eye exams!!