CareNow® - February 29, 2016
by CareNow

Eye health is something that can easily be taken for granted. Because most people are born with the ability to see clearly, it’s often not until something begins to go wrong that medical care is sought. However, it’s important to receive regular vision screenings to ensure your eye health is up to par and to prevent damage to your eyesight.

So how often should you get your vision screened and what is done during a routine screening?

When to Get a Vision Screening

How often you should get your vision checked depends on age. For babies and toddlers, a pediatrician should examine your child’s eyes at all routine checkups as vision trouble can go undetected at such a young age. Once a child turns three, a vision-specific screening should occur. For kids between the ages of 3 and 19, an every-other-year routine is safe for vision checkups.

One complete eye exam should be performed between the ages of 20 and 29 and two complete exams between the ages of 30 and 39. At age 40, all adults should get a baseline screening for eye disease to rule out potential risk factors or other underlying health problems. Finally, for senior citizens age 65 and beyond, eyes should examined every year or two as eyesight tends to worsen with age.

What an Eye Exam Looks Like

At a normal vision checkup, your doctor will want an overview of your medical history to know what eye issues you may be at risk for. You should also make your doctor aware of any medications or supplements you are currently taking.

Once your medical history has been covered, your doctor will want to know how well you see by having you read from an eye chart placed 20 feet away from you. If you have trouble reading from either eye, your doctor will hold up various lenses for you to read through to see if your vision clears up with specific lenses. This will determine if you need glasses or contacts.

Finally, your pupils will be examined to see how healthy they are. Your doctor will shine a light into each eye to check the dilation. And before your exam is over, your doctor will look for any signs of injury, infection or inflammation on the outer parts of your eyes.

Many people hesitate to get a vision screening because they’re unsure of what to expect. Knowing how simple the process is should take away any fear of an examination, as it’s key to maintaining strong eye health. If you are in need of a basic vision screening, contact your local CareNow. Be sure to utilize the Web Check-In® to avoid the waiting room on your visit!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.