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At each stage of your life, you need different types and frequency of eye examinations and care. In many cases, vision that is lost cannot be recovered, so the best option is to catch and treat eye disease before it affects your vision. Your eyes will reward you with a lifetime of excellent sight if you provide them the care they need.
If you are between the ages of 55 and 64, you do not have any symptoms of eye disease, and you are seeing clearly, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the doctors at the Marietta Eye Clinic recommend that you have a comprehensive eye examination at least every 1 to 3 years. Comprehensive eye exams involve more than checking your vision for glasses and contacts. Optometrists and ophthalmologists conduct comprehensive eye examinations to check for damage from health conditions such as diabetes and to check for eye diseases that can lead to blindness, such as glaucoma and cataracts.
Eye exams help you and your ophthalmologist detect problems at their earliest stage possible, when they are the most treatable. Your health situation is unique to you, and the same goes for your eye health. A variety of factors may affect your eye health. Regular comprehensive exams help you work with your eye doctor to meet your individual ocular health needs and help your doctor know how to guide you in maintaining great eye health and clear vision.
You may not notice symptoms of some eye diseases until the disease is advanced. The more advanced an eye disease is, the more challenging it can be to slow progression or prevent permanent visual damage. The guidelines above apply to individuals ages 55 to 64 who present no symptoms or disease risk factors. A major risk factor for serious eye disease is diabetes. Any family history of major disease or eye disease is another reason to have more frequent eye exams.
Here are a few big reasons to increase the frequency of eye exams from every 1 to 3 years from ages 55 to 64:
Routine eye exams have been proven to help combat eye disease, visual impairment, and total blindness. Keep in mind the guidance above and reach out to your local optometrist or ophthalmologist more frequently if you are at a higher risk of developing disease, if you have personal history of visual issues or disease, or if your family has a history of eye disease. It may save your vision.
Dr. Peterson is an ophthalmologist with the Marietta Eye Clinic who specializes in cataracts and dry eye. She serves the Kennestone, East Cobb, and Towne Lake offices. She received an undergraduate degree in biology from Emory University and a medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Read her full bio here.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. It describes itself as a “global community of 32,000 medical doctors who protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public.” Its website is a great resource to learn more about how to care for your eyes.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) describes itself as the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals, and optometry students.
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