As a person who wears glasses, you have probably asked yourself this question: How often should I have my eyes examined? Many times, this is something that we put off due to time constraints and costs, but you need to know that wearing outdated eyewear can actually damage your vision. Today we are sharing important information on updating your vision prescription:
- Cost. You can receive an eye exam at many different venues, which include an independent eye doctor’s office, the eye department of a medical clinic, an optical retailer, or a group eye care practice. The costs can vary based on location and whether the exam is performed by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Your medical or vision insurance will probably cover some, if not all, of your costs here.
- A comprehensive eye exam will include a review of your personal and family health history, evaluation of your eyesight and the presence of near- or far-sightedness or astigmatism, as well as an eye pressure test and examination of the optic nerve. This type of exam is different from a routine exam and will cost more.
- Timing. It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam every year or two, depending on your age, risk factors, and whether you currently wear eyeglasses or contacts.
- Children should have routine eye exams to ensure that developing eye issues are determined before learning is affected since a large percentage of the information presented in classrooms is done visually. If their history includes low birth weight, premature birth, infection of the mother during pregnancy, developmental delays, or other unique issues, exams should be done regularly, without question. These risk factors can often affect eyesight.
- Adults aged 18-60 should have a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years, and those older should see an eye doctor once every year. Risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of eye disease, or a visually demanding occupation, require more frequent evaluations.
- Symptoms. Your eyesight can begin to deteriorate at any point, and if you neglect the update to your prescription you can start to experience very unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, vertigo, eye strain, blurred vision, and headaches. In addition to causing you to feel terrible, these issues can also become dangerous when it comes to driving or operating machinery, handling delicate items, or hot and cold foods and beverages.
If you or someone you love has outdated eyewear or is overdue for an eye exam, call us here at Classic Vision Care today. Don’t put it off!