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Comprehensive Eye Exams

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Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams.

During a complete eye exam at one of our offices, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

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How often should you go for an eye exam?

Even if you don’t wear glasses or contacts, an eye heath exam every other year is strongly recommended by the AOA. This continues until age 60, when an annual exam is advised. Contact lens wearers should return annually, as more frequent exams aid in monitoring the effects of contacts on the eyes.

At what age should my child go for their first Eye Exam?

A first exam should occur at our Macomb Vision Center before age one. It should not be performed by your pediatric doctor, but rather an eye doctor (optometrist). Some states require exams at specific ages or prior to entering a certain grade in school.

What should I expect during an Eye Exam?

Expect a short pre-test followed by a thorough, but quick exam. If your eyes are dilated it will easily bring your time at the office to over 30 minutes, and then your eyes return to their normal state within a few hours. During the eye exam we are testing many things beyond your refractive error.

Besides being told my prescription what issues can be discovered via an eye exam?

Many things! Colon cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, leukemia, lung cancer, brain cancer, and even eye cancers.

Additional Eye Exam Info:

A comprehensive eye exam at our Macomb office includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.

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Children’s Eye Exams

Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children in Macomb, IL need eye exams due to the vision problems they have. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.

How Often do Adults Need an Exam?

The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adultwho wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Our eye doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.

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If you need an eye exam, visit us today. No appointment is needed. Our optometrists are located inside Walmart in Galesburg, West Burlington and Macomb.