Healthy adults should have routine eye exams annually to ensure healthy eyes that last a lifetime. 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. 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.
In addition, our modern lifestyles involving long hours staring at screens can lead to digital eye strain and dry eye disease. All adults will be screened for this and other preventable diseases in order to prevent issues down the road. Your doctor will also talk to you about lifestyle and nutrition considerations to reduce the risk of eye disease. If you wear contact lenses, it is important to have your eye health assessed and discuss newer technology lenses that may be better suited for your changing vision and lifestyle needs.