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Comprehensive Eye Exams

Regular comprehensive eye exams are essential for identifying changes in vision, detecting early signs of eye diseases, and keeping an up-to-date prescription.

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When thinking about health, people often overlook the importance of maintaining good eye health. Eyes play a vital role in our daily lives, and it’s important to prioritize their care if we want them to serve us well in the long run. There are many ways to protect vision, but the most essential step is going for routine eye exams.

Regardless of your age or background, a comprehensive eye exam can help you maintain clear and healthy vision. Our eye doctor in Plano can assess your eyes and vision. If you haven’t been to the optometrist in over a year, it’s high time to schedule an appointment for an eye exam.

Every eye exam at Eye Pieces Plano includes a complimentary LipiScan™ test, which detects the presence of dry eye syndrome. It’s quick, painless, and helps determine if a patient is experiencing this common eye condition.

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How often do I need an eye exam?

The regularity with which you should go for comprehensive eye testing is typically determined by a combination of your symptoms, visual health, and professional advice from your eye doctor.

As a general guideline, we follow the recommendations from the American Optometric Association (AOA). Adults who need vision correction (eyeglasses or contact lenses) should have yearly eye exams. However, if you don’t need vision correction, it's advisable to go for eye exams annually once you reach the age of 40. Beyond the age of 60, the risk of eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration increases, so it’s essential to consult your eye doctor about the frequency of your examinations.

Certain health conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, may also necessitate more frequent eye exams.

When do kids need pediatric eye exams?

According to estimates from experts, around 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision issues.

The AOA recommends that all children undergo an eye exam at 6 months of age, followed by another exam at the age of 3, and then again when they start school. For children without any vision problems or risk factors, regular eye exams should occur every two years throughout their schooling years.

Children with pre-existing vision problems or risk factors need to have their eyes examined more frequently. Risk factors associated with vision problems include:

  • Premature birth
  • Developmental delays
  • Turned or crossed eyes
  • A family history of eye disease
  • History of eye injury
  • Other physical illness or disease

For personalized recommendations about the timing of your child's eye exams, we encourage you to consult with our eye doctors.

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How does the eye doctor find my prescription?

Our eye doctor will conduct a comprehensive examination of your vision to ensure an accurate prescription. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, they’ll also assess your visual acuity with and without your corrective eyewear.

During the exam, you’ll be asked to read numbers and letters from a standard eye chart measuring your eyesight at different distances. The standard measurement for eyes without refractive errors is 20/20.

Additionally, a phoropter will be used to carefully evaluate any astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. This process involves looking through a series of lenses and giving feedback on which ones offer the clearest vision. Using a retinoscope, we will also measure how light focuses on your retina with each lens.

Once these tests are done, you can choose a stylish pair of frames from our eyewear collection or explore our selection of premium contact lenses.

Importance of routine eye examinations

Much like other parts of the body, the eyes can be susceptible to certain conditions. Common eye disorders, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, often show no early signs or symptoms, making preventive eye care vital.

Vision testing vs. complete eye testing

Understanding the differences between basic vision screenings and comprehensive eye exams is critical.

Many people think that a vision screening conducted by a registered nurse or primary care doctor is enough. However, a vision screening typically only involves reading letters from a chart at different distances, and it may not include other crucial evaluations and checks required to detect conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome, or computer vision syndrome.

To ensure the safety and health of your eyes, only regular and comprehensive eye exams can provide the necessary level of care.

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