Eye Examination; When You Need It?

An eye examination helps to determine the current condition of the eye, to determine if there is any eye disease, and to check visual acuity. Regular check-ups help to alleviate the problems in the earliest stages when the chances of its quick and effective treatment are greatest. Keep reading to see what The Meadows Family Eyecare has prepared for you.

An eye examination is mandatory for children between the ages of three and five when the earliest time you can determine if there is a problem. Of course, the examination can be done much earlier if the pediatrician suspects that there is an eye disease.

Mandatory examination by an ophthalmologist is performed before enrollment in Elementary and High school. Adolescents and all school children, if they do not have vision problems, should be checked every two years. However, people with refractive anomalies such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness should go for a checkup every three to six months.

In healthy adults, eye health monitoring is required every 5 years, and this applies for a period between 20 to 30 years of age. While people between the ages of 40 and 64 perform eye control every other year.

After the age of 65, eye control once a year is desirable. Of course, if there is a vision problem or some chronic eye disease, the controls are more often in accordance with the doctor’s advice.

During the examination, you should give your ophthalmologist as honest and precise answers as possible to all the questions he asks you, especially if someone in your family has an eye disease. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, be sure to take them with you, as well as all previous findings.

The eye examination consists of checking the visual acuity; near and far; examination of the front part of the eye (eyelashes, cornea, eyelids), measurement of eye pressure, and examination of the back part of the eye (eye socket).

All additional tests are performed if the doctor deems it necessary or if the nature of the disease requires it.

If you need a more detailed examination or you have been diagnosed with an eye disease (eg glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.), such an examination can only be performed by an ophthalmologist. A small number of ophthalmologists like The Meadows Family Eyecare also specialize in surgery, and you will be able to get a complete service from such experts – from diagnosis to the final cure of eye diseases with surgery, when necessary.

Almost 60% of the world’s population needs vision correction. That’s really a lot of people, but the good news is that 80% of visual difficulties can be avoided and corrected.