Research has shown that more than 50% of people who experience discomfort related to eyes, wait for more than 24-hours to go and see an eye doctor. Whether it is out of fear or because eye treatments are a bit costly, it is hard to say. Irrespective of that, it is imperative to not ignore any signs of eye problems like redness, itching, blurring, etc., as they can mean much more than just pressure.
While getting an eye examination when symptoms occur is important, what is even more crucial is to get regularly tested. Whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, regular eye testing is a must. According to eye doctors, scheduling your eye test every two years is extremely important. This frequency is great for people with no apparent signs of eye problems. However, if you notice any signs of distress or change in vision, it is important to increase regular eye examinations. Here are some more reasons why eye tests are extremely important:
- Regular eye examinations not only detect issues related to vision impairment but can also detect serious health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure early.
- If your eyes or one of the eye has minor vision issues, it can be quite difficult to detect. Regular testing helps to detect an issue early and sort appropriate remedy.
- Vision is an important indication of overall well being. Vision issues if not treated early can sometimes cause severe complications resulting in complete loss of vision.
- Regular eye examination gives your eye doctor a chance to test and evaluate your vision and prescribe corrective glasses if need be.
It is highly recommended that you regularly test your eyes, even if you may believe that you have a perfect vision. According to optometrists, the need for eye testing is different for different age groups. Children below the age of five must undergo screening for vision-related problems at the following intervals:
- Newborn to three months
- Six months to a year
- Between one to three years old
- At five years old
Remember that these frequencies will change as per your eye doctor’s recommendation if they detect any obvious issues with your child’s eyesight. Bear in mind that for infants and toddlers several factors can be a reason for possible vision defects. There could be premature birth, personal or family history of eye problems, developmental delay, certain medications, diseases like diabetes or HIV or even injury to the eye. Children must get their vision checked before starting their first grade, followed by scheduled testing every two or three years if no problems are diagnosed. If you are not wearing any prescription glasses, do not have a family history of vision issues or diabetes, you can follow the following schedule:
- Ages 20-29: One vision examination a year
- Ages 30-40: Two vision examinations a year
- Ages 40-65: Examination every two or four years
- More than 65 years: Examination every one or two years
If you already wear glasses, your eye doctor will recommend the frequency of testing. Generally, once a year is recommended. Meanwhile, if you notice blurred vision, watery eyes, redness or soreness, visit your optometrist immediately to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. With more than three decades of experience in eye testing, our team at Eye View Optical can guide you to get accurate results and diagnosis of your eye test.