Eye Exams for Ronkonkoma, Bellmore, and Freeport Areas
It is important to have regular eye exams, regardless of your age or health, even if you are not having a problem with your vision. An eye examination is simply not to determine an eye prescription – rather a comprehensive eye examination covers the health of the eye, including eye disorders that may not even be evident by the patient.
During the comprehensive eye exam, the doctor will determine if you need a prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses. Moreover, the optometrist can test how well your eyes can work together as a team. For example, there are many people, especially children, who have eye muscle problems that affect not only vision, but can cause symptoms such as double vision, eye fatigue, poor comprehension in school, and headaches. Other times, one eye is weaker than the other and needs to be corrected as early as possible to prevent a permanent lazy eye. Lazy eye, or amblyopia, causes poor vision after approximately the age of seven. An annual eye exam is recommended for everyone to check the health of one’s eyes as well for any eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal detachments. By examining the blood vessels in the back of the eye (retina), the optometrist can also check if you have certain health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other medical conditions.
In fact, a person’s vision is ever-changing as we age. A child’s vision can change as frequently as every six months. Once over the age of forty, near vision can change every year (presbyopia). For this reason, eye exams are recommended on annual basis starting as early as one year of age.