The best way to maintain your vision is through regular eye exams. Experts recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years depending on your age, risk factors and physical condition. Those with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders that may impact vision and eye health may require more frequent exams.
During your eye exam, our eye doctors will not only determine your prescription for eye glasses or contacts but also check for common eye diseases and use your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. The exam will include a number of tests ranging from basic eye chart reading to the use of high powered lenses to examine the tissue inside your eye.
As you age it is important to have frequent eye exams. Many age related eye problems included presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are first diagnosed during a yearly exam.
Glasses & Contact Lenses
Throughout your lifetime your vision may change. The cornea and lens of you eye are what help you focus. The length of the eyeball, changes in the shape of the cornea or aging of the lens may keep your eyes from focusing well, causing a refractive or focusing error.
Common types of refractive errors:
- Myopia or nearsightedness – clear vision close up but blurry in the distance
- Hyperopia or farsightedness – blurry vision close up with relatively better vision in distance but might need correction of both
- Presbyopia – inability to focus close up as a result of aging
- Astigmatism – focusing problems caused by irregularities in the shape of the cornea and/or lens
Usually, refractive errors can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses and possibly laser eye surgery. Our eye doctors and opticians are skilled at guiding you through decisions regarding glasses, contact lenses and laser eye surgery. With a full service optical dispensary located on premises, The Center for Eye Care and Optical can be a one stop shop for all of your eye care needs.