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Comprehensive Eye Exams

comprehensive eye care atlanta, gaAt Southern Eye Specialists in Atlanta, Eye Exams are important

It’s very important to have regular eye exams, regardless of your age or physical health.

During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor in Atlanta will determine your prescription for contact lenses or eyeglasses, and will also examine your eyes for common eye diseases, determine how your eyes function together, and assesse your eyes as an determining factor of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam includes a significant number of procedures which determinee your eye’s health and the quality of your vision. Some of these tests are simple, such as reading an eye chart, to more complex, such as examining the inside of your eyes using a high-powered lens.

Many experts in eyecare recommend that you make sure to have an eye exam every one to three years, based on your physical condition, risk factors, and age.

Pediatric Eye Exams in Atlanta

Children. According to some experts, approximately 25% of school-aged children, and 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers, have vision problems. The American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests that all children have their eyes checked at age 6 months, then again at age 3, and again at the start of school. It is recommended that children who have no eye problems or risk factors for vision problems should continue to have their eyes examined by a qualified eyecare professional at least every two years throughout school.

Any child who has existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes checked more frequently. risk factors for eye problems include, but are not limited to the following issues: premature birth, turned or crossed eyes, developmental delays, history of eye injury, family history of eye disease, other physical illness or disease.

According to the AOA, children who wear contact lenses or eyeglasses should have their eyes checked at least every 12 months, or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.

Adult Eye Exams in Atlanta

Adults. The AOA recommends that any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts should have an annual eye exam. Even if you don’t normally need vision correction, it is still important for you to have an eye exam every two or three years until the age of 40, depending on your overall health and rate of visual change. Eye doctors generally recommend that adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders have more frequent examinations because many different diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40 years of age, you should have your eyes examined every one or two years. An eye doctor should check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, macular degeneration and cataracts. Read more about Vision After 40.

Everyone over the age of 60 should be examined every year due to the increasing risk of eye disease. Read more about Vision After 60.

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