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How often do I need an eye exam?

Healthy adults should have routine eye exams annually to ensure healthy eyes that last a lifetime. With modern diagnostic technology, we have the ability to diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration up to 10 years earlier than in the past. Our modern digital lifestyles can lead to dry eye disease and all adults will be screened for preventable issues down the road. Your doctor will also talk to you about lifestyle and nutrition factors to reduce the risk of eye disease. Contact lens wearers will also have their eye health assessed and upgraded to new lenses as technology continues to improve.

Remember that vision and eye health are unrelated, so even if your eyesight has not changed, this does not necessarily mean that your eyes are healthy. Observation of changes over time are the best way to monitor and prevent serious eye disease as you get older. Our specialized diagnostic imaging equipment can track these changes, allowing us to initiate any required treatments or prevention strategies at a much earlier stage than ever before.

Modern life involves long hours using digital screens. We now see greater incidence of eye problems caused by this digital eye strain. Regular exams allow us to prevent, follow and treat many of these problems before it’s too late. 

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction – this occurs when the glands that secrete the oily layer of our tears does not function well, leading to dry, red and irritated eyes from increased tear evaporation. This results from gland stagnation due to a reduced blink rate from staring at screens all day. Stagnated glands die over time and can eventually lead to chronic dry issues later in life that become very difficult and expensive to treat. When discovered and treated early, the eyes are not only more comfortable, but vision remains clear and consistent all day.
  • Contact Lens intolerance – reduced blink rates on the computer mean contact lenses dry out more quickly. Every year there are better materials being developed to address this problem. We can try these new lenses with you as they become available, and talk to you about treatments and strategies to reduce dry eye at home and at work.
  • Accommodative fatigue – when the eye muscles are trying to focus on a fixed near working distance all day long, they become tired. This leads to fluctuating vision, tired eyes, and blurry vision for hours afterwards. We can measure this at your exam and prescribe new lenses designed to reduce this eye fatigue.

Over 65? We perform specialized eye health testing specific for age related eye diseases. Visit our Senior Eye Care page for more.