Why Are Eye Exams Important?

An annual comprehensive eye exam will help to detect eye problems early stages when they’re more easily treatable.Your eye doctor will check your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, and evaluate your eyes as an early indicator of your health.

Who should get their eyes examined?

Eye examinations are important health maintenance. An adult should be tested to keep their prescriptions up to date and check for common disorders that begin with signs of eye disease. For children, eye exams are important in ensuring normal development and learning. Children may not complain because they aren’t aware of what “normal” vision should look like.

What is the eye doctor checking for?

You eye doctor will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, also for eye diseases and other causes of vision loss.

What’s the difference between a vision screening and a comprehensive eye exam?
Vision screenings are general eye tests that are meant to help identify people who are at risk for vision problems. Screenings include brief vision tests performed by a school nurse, pediatrician or volunteers. The eye test you take when you get your driver’s license renewed is another example of a vision screening.

A vision screening can indicate that you need to get an eye exam, but it does not serve as a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam and screenings often miss vision issues.

A comprehensive eye examination performed by an eye doctor will include testing of all aspects of your vision. Remember, only an licensed eye doctor can provide a comprehensive eye exam.

Annual eye exams performed by an eye doctor are important for better vision, education and lifelong eye health.