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How Often Should You Take Eye Exams

by Gab Billones


A lot of scientists and health experts claim that our eyes are not just the windows to our souls, but also to our health. Our eyes reflect the overall look to our general state of health. This is also the same reason why when we get sick, our eyes seem to look pale and tired.

Eye exams play an essential role in making sure that your health is secured. During the examination, you are being assessed for common eye diseases and how the eyes work together as a team. True enough, the eyes are the first indicators for chronic diseases like liver disease, hypertension, diabetes and many others. Indeed, the contour lines below our eyes also show the state of our kidneys. With this ability of eye exams to peek at health in general condition, it’s very important to know how often it should be done and why it should be undertaken by people of all ages.


Eye examinations are for everyone. It facilitates normal development for children and it checks on eye diseases for adults who are prone to it due to aging. Doctors screen for conditions such as refractive error, amblyopia, strabismus, eye teaming problems, focusing problems and other eye diseases.

In this respect, there is a fat line between vision screenings and eye examinations and the two should not be meshed. Vision screenings are those that test for muscle coordination and common eye diseases as performed by school nurses, pediatricians and other healthcare providers. A comprehensive eye exam, on the other hand, is the one being performed by ophthalmologists and optometrists and gives comprehensive feedback on possible treatment or maintenance of good eye health.

Since these doctors who conduct the eye exams have the ability to get an unobstructed view of the eye’s blood vessels, which show signs of chronic disease, eye examinations have to be done as regularly as possible. They serve as extensions of medical health exam.

We have to understand that diseases worsen along with time. Therefore, they have to be identified as soon as possible. But the truth is that most diseases are asymptomatic in the early stages which in turn make it a lot difficult to treat in their late phases. And the same goes with certain eye problems like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. This attests the significance of early detection of the disease through eye examinations. Such exams can slow down the progression of the disease or even reverse it at best.

For babies of age 3 and below, eye screenings are being done as part of their regular pediatric appointments.Conditions such as squints, lazy eye and childhood myopia could occur into them so these three have to be assessed. Children and teenagers in the age bracket of 4 to 16 must have annual or biennial eye exams though health check-ups. This routine should start at the age of 4.

For young adults starting at the age of 17 until 39, a comprehensive examination is necessary most especially if there’s a family history of eye disease or suffering from an eye injury. For adults, a baseline eye screening should be done at the age of 40 that will determine the frequency of the follow-up screenings and exams.

One has to consider that it’s not about the age all the time. Sometimes, risk factors like medication of prescription drugs that have an effect towards the eye do have a greater effect on the number of visits which have to be paid to ophthalmologists and other eye experts.

Eye is one of the most important body organs and we have to do our own share of protecting it, so much so that it gives us the credence to look at our health in its general state.


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