Who Should Get an Eye Exam?
Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam helps detect any eye problems at their early stages when they are most treatable. However, it is important for young people to have comprehensive exams.
Many times, children do not complain of vision problems simply because they do not know what “normal” vision looks like. Vision is closely linked to the learning process. School vision screenings can miss hyperopia (far-sightedness) and binocular vision (eyes not teaming together), both of which make it difficult to read up close or at mid-range.
Undetected, vision issues can undermine school performance, self-esteem, and lead to low motivation or misdiagnosis of a learning disability. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.
Adults also need to get a regular comprehensive eye exam. Annual eye exams need to be part of everyone’s health routine. Not only does an exam help identify issues early, but it helps you protect your vision and your overall health for the future.