Routine eye exams are important at any age, regardless of your age or physical health. At Shoreline Vision, our doctors do more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. They will check your eyes for common diseases or other problems that could lead to vision loss. They will evaluate the overall health of your eyes. Please remember that vision screenings are limited eye tests that can help identify potential vision problems but a vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam performed by a Board Certified Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.
It is recommended by the Academy of Ophthalmology that routine eye exams are important, even if our eyes and vision are fine. A child should have his or her first thorough eye exam before they start kindergarten, if not before. Steps taken at an early age can provide a child with a good head start for school. This is also a time when parents can be alerted to any vision problems such as crossed or lazy eyes.
Good vision is important as you grow. If your eyes are healthy and your vision is good, have a complete eye exam by a Board Certified Optometrist or Ophthalmologist; once in your 20s and twice in your 30s. Common eye problems in most adults are due to visual stress and eye injuries. You should take proper steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect your eyes from stress and injury.
It is important to get a baseline comprehensive eye exam at age 40 to detect any early signs of age-related diseases such as cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Presbyopia is the eye’s diminished ability to change shape, shifting focus from distant objects to near objects. Presbyopia eventually affects everyone; usually in their mid-forties.
Reading glasses or bifocals are used to correct your vision. Presbyopia cannot be prevented or cured but there are corrective surgical options for presbyopia also available. We offer a number of different IOL implants at Shoreline Vision.
Common Vision Problems
Our eyes work just like a camera. When we look at an object, light rays reflect off that object and enter our eyes through the cornea. The lens behind the cornea focuses the rays onto the retina which, in turn, converts the rays into electrical impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain. The brain converts the electrical impulses into images.
Age-Related Eye Problems
There are a number of age-related eye problems that occur as we get older so it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam every year or two after age 65. Typically most people in their 60s and people over the age of 70 have some degree of cataracts. Together you and your doctor will determine the appropriate time to discuss cataract surgery. Other vision problems can be age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.