How Often Should You Schedule Eye Examinations?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Even if you have 20/20 vision, it’s still recommended that you maintain regular eye examinations. This appointment can uncover important information about your overall health, which could influence lifestyle changes if needed.

Not only does a comprehensive eye exam measure your vision, but the eyes also offer a unique look into the human body as a whole. For example, an eye examination might be helpful for identifying serious problems, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more.

Eye Examination Recommendations Vary for Each Patient

Many patients ask: what is the ideal timeline for scheduling my next eye appointment? The timeline depends on the patient’s age, as well as any other conditions or unique considerations that need to be monitored.

If you don’t have any vision problems, then most people need an eye exam every 1 – 2 years. But if you wear glasses or contact lenses, then it’s best to have your eyes checked more often. Additionally, it’s best to visit the eye doctor more frequently if you have a family history of eye diseases or a medical history that includes chronic conditions that affect the eyes.

In some situations, patients with progressive eye diseases (such as diabetic retinopathy) benefit from appointments every 6 months.

What to Expect During a Comprehensive Eye Exam

There are several components your eye doctor will include in a comprehensive eye examination. The doctor will check your vision to determine the sharpness of your vision for both close and distant sight. You’ll be asked to read letters from an eye chart. Other tests can evaluate your side vision, color perception, and 3D vision.

Sometimes, it’s necessary to use medicated eyedrops to dilate the pupils, giving the eye doctor the ability to look inside the eye. An inspection can be done to see the optic nerve and blood vessels within the eye. Another common test is to look at the pressure of the eye with an air test to check for glaucoma.

The eye doctor will also talk to you about the medications you are taking, your medical history, and any other relevant information.

Personalized Recommendations for Your Eye Examinations

Every patient deserves personalized recommendations for their eye treatments and the ideal frequency of their examinations. For more information, we invite you to contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry. We will schedule an appointment for your eye examination, then provide recommendations for your exams and treatments going forward: (951) 302 -1331.

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