A comprehensive eye exam involves a series of tests to evaluate the clarity of your vision and check your eyes for diseases. Your optometrist can assess your vision and perform necessary tests to ensure the overall health of your eyes. Our optometry team at Eyecare Professionals offers comprehensive eye exams for patients in Mandan, Hazen, and Washburn, ND.
Why Have an Eye Exam?
A regular eye exam helps detect vision and eye problems at their earliest stages, allowing for proper treatment before a condition becomes irreversible or untreatable. In addition to correcting vision clarity and detecting eye diseases and conditions, a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist can help identify specific health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain cancers.
When to Have an Eye Exam?
Several factors, including age, vision correction needs, and overall health, will determine how frequently you need to see a doctor of optometry. However, a general guideline for when to have an eye exam includes the following:
- Ages three and younger should have their eyes checked for common childhood vision problems, including cross-eye and lazy eye, at least once before age three. Another exam is recommended before age five to continue monitoring your child’s vision development.
- School-age children should see an eye doctor annually before the start of every school year to ensure they see clearly and perform well in school and with extracurricular activities.
- Adults who are healthy and have no symptoms of vision problems should have an eye exam by the age of 40. If there are vision changes or concerns with overall eye health, seeing an eye doctor as soon as possible is recommended. Adults with vision correction needs should have a comprehensive eye exam annually to monitor and correct changes in eye health and vision correction needs.
How to Prepare for an Eye Exam
Preparing for an eye exam will make the process go faster and ensure your eye doctor knows everything needed to perform a comprehensive exam. For example, having a list of your medical conditions, current medications, and any concerns you have before your appointment will help your eye doctor better understand your overall health. Additionally, it is best to have your insurance information ready to share with the eye doctor for proper and timely filing, reducing the need for you to pay upfront and receive reimbursement from your insurance company later.
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Schedule your routine eye exam with an eye care professional in Mandan, Hazen, or Washburn, ND. The team at Eyecare Professionals is ready to provide you with a comprehensive eye exam and treatment for any vision conditions. Call our office today at one of our locations to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists.