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Why Visit an Optometrist?

Visiting the optometrist for a periodic eye exam is an important part of your preventative and ongoing medical care.  

What does an optometrist do?

Optometrists, or doctors of optometry, are primary health care providers that specialize in eye care and visual health. They are trained to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders that affect the eye or vision. They examine the internal and external structure of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

How often should I visit an optometrist?

The frequency of eye exams depend on the age and health of the individual.    The American Optometric Association recommendations are as follows:

Patient Age Risk Free At Risk
Birth to 24 months At 6 months At 6 months or as recommended
2 to 5 years At 3 years At 3 years or as recommended
6 to 18 years Before 1st grade and every 2 years thereafter Annually or as recommended
18 to 60 years Every 2 years Every 1 to 2 years or as recommended
61 years and older Annually Annually or as recommended

When should I schedule an appointment?

You should schedule an appointment if you are:

  • Having difficulty reading print on your computer or in newspapers, magazines, recipes, menus, or numbers/letters on your phone
  • Rubbing your eyes frequently
  • Having tired or burning eyes
  • Experiencing blurred vision or double vision
  • Experiencing frequent headaches or eyestrain when working on a computer or reading for long periods of time
  • Having difficulty driving at night
  • Having problems with glare
  • Symptoms of flashes and floaters
  • Someone with diabetes, hypertension, or any other systemic or chronic disease
  • At risk for certain systemic or eye diseases because of family history or other factors – i.e. diabetes, high-blood pressure
  • Playing sports and having trouble judging distances between you, the ball, or other objects
  • Losing track of a person or objects in your peripheral (side) vision
  • Experiencing frequent near misses, accidents, or difficulty parking or driving
  • Handling or using chemicals, power tools, or lawn and garden

Comprehensive Eye Exams

We provide comprehensive eye exams that assess both your vision and your eye health.  Learn more about what to expect at your visit. 

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