Routine eye exams are essential in keeping your eyes healthy and your vision working at its best. Be sure to consult with your eye care professional regarding the regularity of your eye exams. Generally, if you are between the ages of 20 and 30, you should be examined every two years. Yearly eye exams become more important in your late thirties. No matter what your age, if you have diabetes you should have an eye exam every year, as you are at risk for several eye disorders including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.
Regular eye exams can diagnose a variety of eye conditions early on and are the best way to preserve your vision. Many debilitating eye diseases can be diagnosed before symptoms are noticed, potentially making the difference between minor damage and major vision loss. At Benjamin Eye Institute, we believe that early detection is your best defense against eye disease and vision loss.
When you’re due for your comprehensive eye exam, be sure to contact Benjamin Eye Institute. If you experience any visual changes in between regularly scheduled visit, you should be checked by your optometrist immediately. Concerning changes can include: excessive squinting, blinking, rubbing eyes frequently, headaches, changes in vision or difficulty with visual concentration.
Preparing For Your Exam at Benjamin Eye Institute
Before your appointment, be sure to ask if the exam will affect your vision temporarily, and if you will need someone to drive you home. You may also want to ask about the cost of the exam, if your insurance will cover any of the cost, and how payment will be handled. When you arrive for your eye exam, be prepared to discuss any vision related problems you have been experiencing
Other ways to prepare for your appointment:
- Remove eye makeup prior to your eye exam
- Be sure to bring your medical health and eye insurance information
- New patients are encouraged to print and fill out medical forms.
- Be prepared to discuss any health problems and/or allergies.
- Be prepared to discuss previous eye diseases or surgeries related to eye injuries
- Be prepared to discuss your family’s history of eye disease
- Let your doctor know about any prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are taking
- For new patients, bring all glasses and contact lenses your current contact lens prescription or contact lens box or bottle, or previous eye care records including lens specifications.