Why should I get my eyes checked?

Preventive Eye Care will ensure you and your family have good vision throughout Life. Many eye conditions affect people in all stages of life, even childhood. Early detection and treatment of eye problems and diseases can help ensure a lifetime of good vision. If poor vision can’t be improved, you can still enjoy an active lifestyle by using low vision rehabilitation resources.

How will I know when to get my eyes checked?

Generally, everyone should get their eyes checked every one to two years. You would also need to get screened if you are experiencing any of these eye problems or visual changes such as:

  • Any Visual changes
  • Pains
  • Flashes of light
  • Dark spots in your central vision
  • Excessive tearing or dry eyes.

What is Glaucoma & how do I prevent it?

Glaucoma is a disease caused by a build-up of fluid in the eye that puts pressure on the optic nerve, causing vision loss. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States today! It is not preventable or curable, but the progress of the disease can be slowed with early detection. Glaucoma develops gradually and painlessly over time. You may not notice any symptoms for several years! The first symptom you may notice is a slow loss of your peripheral vision — the ability to see things at the sides of your field of vision. Eventually, your whole field of vision may become blurry.

People who are at risk for Glaucoma:

  • People over the age of 40
  • People with a family history of glaucoma
  • People who are very nearsighted
  • Diabetics
  • African Americans

How does diabetes affect your eyes?

Diabetes causes problems in the retina with what are collectively called micro vascular abnormalities. The small blood vessels develop micro aneurysms and leak blood. New blood vessel growth (neovascularization) occurs. Unfortunately, these blood vessels are weak and also leak. These leaks (hemorrhages) can cause irreversible damage to the retina, with subsequent vision loss.

When should I get my child’s vision checked?

Early detection of vision problems helps children learn better in school. Generally children should get their eyes checked right before they enter Kindergarten. In essence you will be asked by the school your child will be attending to submit a School Physical Form that proves that your child has had a physical exam within the last 12 months and meets all of the following school entry requirements.

  • Immunizations
  • Lead Screening
  • Vision Screening

Suggested Children examination guidelines:

  • Ages 6 months to 2: Schedule examination with your Family Eye Doctor
  • Ages 3 to 5: Schedule examination every one to two years.
  • Ages 6 to 19: schedule examinations as needed.