The Importance of Eye and Vision Exams
People generally remember they need to get a physical with their doctor at least once if not twice a year. However, annual eye exams often get missed and patients will let their eyesight go unchecked, until it becomes a serious issue. After the age of 40, it is important to stay on top of your eyecare, since vision more rapidly deteriorates past that age. At Hillmer Eye Clinic, we strive to bring our patients in the Fargo area the best quality of vision with our thorough eye exams.
Eye and Vision Exams Are Not Hard to Do
Eye exams are very easy to set up and go through. A patient just needs to visit, sit with the appropriate equipment, and wait while our doctor examines the patient’s eyes one at a time. Occasionally, a patient may need his or her eyes dilated for better viewing by the optometrist. Just remember to have help driving home afterwards. Examination of the eyes with both distance charts and expert observation can spot early issues developing well before they become serious.
Our vision tests use both a standard wall chart and other tools in order to determine if prescription lenses are needed and how strong they need to be. Eye functioning tests aim to reveal how accurately your eyes recognize things like depth, color, and whether or not they are responding to light properly. It also takes a look at things like peripheral (side) vision, eye muscle strength, and whether your eyes are moving together properly. Eye pressure is also tested and can help to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
The diagnostic power of an eye exam does not end with problems with eye health and vision. It can also lend clues to potential problems in a person's general health that can lead to further investigation with their primary care provider. Eye doctors regularly diagnose diabetes and can also identify autoimmune diseases, blood pressure issues, and even cancer.
Age Has an Impact on Frequency
Age has a lot to do with how well the eyes perform as well. When people are younger their eyesight tends to be a lot better. As one ages, general performance of the eyes begins to deteriorate over time, increasing the need for more frequent eye exams. Eye associations generally recommend eye exams every 5 to 10 years for people under 30 and every 2 to 4 years for people between 40 and age 54. Once people reach age 55, exams should be happening every 1 to 3 years going forward and about annually for seniors over age 65.
In addition, those with known eye conditions, whether hereditary or developed over time, should see our team more frequently than usual. That is because eye conditions have a habit of changing over time and corrections are typically needed. Eyeglass wearers often run into this issue, needing a new prescription every two years or so.
Schedule an Exam with Us Today
At Hillmer Eye Clinic, your eye health and general well-being is our top priority. Our team is committed to top quality eyecare, as well as how your eyes contribute to your overall health. We believe being proactive with eye exams can make your eye health easier to manage in the long run. Give us a call at 701-239-9771 to find out more! Remember, your eyes can’t be replaced, so protect them with regular eye exams.