There is no doubt that our eye care is one of the most important parts of our world. In fact our eyesight allows us to see many of the worlds wonders. There are a variety of eye care questions that we get on a regular basis and we want to address them today.
- How often should an adult’s eyes be examined?
For regular eye care adults should have eye examinations on a regular basis. As individuals get older it becomes more important to get an eye examination more frequently.
Follow these guidelines for your eye care as an adult:
- Individuals aged 20 to 39 require an eye examination every 3 to 5 years.
- Individuals aged 40 to 64 require an eye examination every 2 to 4 years.
- Individuals 65 and older require an eye examination every 1 to 2 years.
It is important to note that if you have health conditions such as diabetes, glaucoma, etc. you may require more frequent eye examinations.
- When should I have my child’s eyes examined?
When an infant is born their vision is tested as part of a regular procedure. Once the child begins to grow it is common that your physician will test your child’s vision as part of a medical examination, as well. It is important to also be monitoring your child’s eyesight and development. If you suspect their eyesight is suffering then you should get an eye examination. Also, if there is a history of eye care issues in your family you may wish to have your child’s eyes examined.
- When are you considered to be legally blind?
An individual who has vision that is worse than 20/200 that cannot be improved with glasses or contacts is considered to be legally blind. Some of the common causes of blindness include: accidents, diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
Your eye care is extremely important to maintain the quality of life you have become accustomed to. Ensure you visit your eye care specialist on a regular basis and don’t take your eyesight for granted!
If you or someone you know requires eye care visit Charles Breen, MD at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.