This is a question we get asked a lot, especially by folks who have no idea if they should wait until they have a problem before having their vision checked. It is also a question that is asked by people who have come in occasionally over the years for solutions to specific vision problems. Many people think that as long as they don't have a problem, they don't need to see an eye doctor.
The American Optometric Association recommends that healthy adults ages 18 to 60 get eye exams every other year if they do not wear contact lenses and have no factors for health and vision problems. In addition, current guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology call for a baseline comprehensive dilated examination at age 40 in most healthy adults. Kids should have eye exams at least every 2 years and in some cases every year.
The only sure way to know if you have an undetected problem or an eye disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts, is to have a comprehensive eye examination. Some eye diseases have no noticeable symptoms until damage has already occurred. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing loss of vision, particularly in glaucoma, where the pressure in the eye builds up and, if left untreated, damages the optic nerve. A comprehensive eye exam, including dilation and perhaps other diagnostic tests, can help us determine if you have any eye disease.
Patients with a family history of any eye disease are strongly urged to see an eye doctor to discuss this situation and have a baseline exam with regular follow-up exams. Eye diseases that can be hereditary include glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosis and diabetic retinopathy.
80% of outside stimuli is through the visual system. If it has been a while since you last saw your eye doctor, you should call Koby Karp Doctors Eye Institute to schedule an appointment today. Call (502) 897-1604 or 1-800-777-4393