Important eye care guidelines for people of all ages

Everyone agrees that vision is one our most critical senses, therefore proper eye care is important, asvision impairment can adversely affect quality of life.Here are a few frequently asked questions about eye care guidelines for people of all ages.

At what age should vision testing begin?

Before the age of 3 eye screenings can be done during regular visits to the pediatrician. However, most eye doctors agree that vision testing can start at the age of 3.

How often should vision testing be done for young children and teens?
Screening should be done every one to two years, but children starting school for the first time should have a comprehensive check.  Also, if parents detect any signs of eye problems such as ptosis (droopy upper eyelids) or strabismus (crossed eyes); they should schedule an eye examination right away.

How often should adults have their vision checked?

Healthy adults between the ages of 20-64 with good vision and no risk factors can visit the ophthalmologist every 2 years. However adults with a family history of eye problems, or who have diseases such as diabetes should have annual examinations.

How often should seniors visit the ophthalmologist?

Seniors over the age of 65 should undergo a full eye health exam each year, to check for any age-related eye conditions. This refers to conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Regular eye checks can facilitate early diagnosis of diseases that can threaten vision. Through early intervention, the progression of the condition can be halted, and the necessary monitoring and management put in place to avoid possible vision impairment.

You can contact New View Eye Center, Reston, VA for more eye care guidelines. Please call (703) 834-9777 today, and schedule an examination with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

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