What You Need to Know About Comprehensive Eye Exams
From young children to seniors, everyone should have regular eye exams performed by a professional eye doctor. At Shuswap Optometric Center, our experienced optometrists will inspect your eyes thoroughly, using the latest diagnostic
equipment and expert skill. We’ll provide comprehensive eye evaluations for all members of your family in our offices in Salmon Arm and Chase, BC.
What We Check
During an eye examination in Chase, BC, your optometrist will check your visual acuity, advise you on the most suitable eyewear, assess your eye health for abnormalities or signs of ocular disease and evaluate how your eyes function together for sharp, top quality vision. Eyes also serve as a window for us to take a look at your overall health.
Guidelines for When to Schedule Complete Eye Exams:
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all adults under age 40 who require eyeglasses or contact lenses should have a full eye check-up performed annually. If no vision correction is necessary, adults should schedule a routine eye exam at least every two to three years.
After age 40, the risk of many eye conditions and diseases increases. Experts therefore recommend yearly eye exams. This is the best way for eye doctors to detect any signs of disease at an early stage, when treatment is most successful. Common ocular diseases include cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Presbyopia is a typical vision condition that’s associated with age. With vision after 60 years old, the risk of these diseases is even higher; more frequent evaluations may be advised by your eye doctor.
The first eye evaluation is generally done at a half-year old in our Chase or Salmon Arm office. Following this, the next exam should be at 3 years old and then before starting school, at about 5-6 years of age.
School-aged kids should have annual eye check-ups, whether or not they need eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, some children who wear vision correction may be advised to have an eye exam more than once a year.
When it comes to kids and eyesight, vision problems are very common. An undetected vision condition can interfere with successful learning. To ensure that your child is learning as well as possible, it’s therefore critical to stay on top of regular pediatric eye exams.
Risk Factors for Eye Conditions
Specific diseases and health conditions put adults at a higher risk of eye problems, and more frequent eye evaluations are recommended. Common risk factors for adults include:
- Other physical disorders
- Pediatric risk factors also indicate a need for complete eye exams more regularly. If your child has any of these typical risks, please call our optometrists in
- Salmon Arm and Chase, BC, for a consultation:
- Developmental or learning delays
- Family history of eye disease
- Crossed eyes
- A past eye injury
- Premature birth
- Physical disease or other illness