The value of regular eye examinations

Published 3:00 pm Friday, March 13, 2009

Regular eye exams are an important part of maintaining eye health.

Persons with a history of visual problems or those that needed glasses at an early age should have eye examinations at least once a year.

Contact lens-wearers may need to be examined more frequently (every six months) to ensure the viability of the cornea.

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Individuals with no history of eye problems and of overall good health need an exam every two years as a preventative measure.

The eye exam is a regular health check, which can sometimes reveal underlying health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Persons over age 50 are recommended to have annual exams to help detect age-related eye conditions early.

Some prescription medications (such as those prescribed for arthritis, birth control or depression) can affect the eyes. More frequent examinations may be prescribed when such medications are being taken.

Any changes in vision or irritation of the eyes should be checked on an as-needed basis.

Your Optometrist can recommend how often the eyes should be examined based on your eye health history and overall health.