Adult Examination

 

Adult Examination

The American Optometric Association recommends that adults aged 19 to 40 receive an eye exam at least every two years. If there is any family history of eye disease, diabetes, or past vision problems, your doctor of optometry may recommend more frequent exams. In between examinations, if you notice a change in your vision, contact your doctor. Detecting and treating problems early can help maintain good vision for the rest of your life.

Eyestrain is a common occurrence in today's visually demanding world. A typical college schedule or office workday involves spending long hours reading, working at a desk, or staring at a computer.

See your doctor if you experience the following signs and symptoms of eyestrain:
  • Sore or tired eyes
  • Itching or burning sensations in the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty focusing

If you are over 40 years of age, you've probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.

This loss of focusing ability for near vision, called presbyopia, is simply the result of the lens inside the eye becoming less flexible. This flexibility allows the eye to change focus from objects are far to objects that are close. Persons with presbyopia have several options available to regain clear near vision. They include:
  • Eyeglasses, including single vision reading glasses and multifocal lenses
  • Contact lenses, including monovision and bifocal lenses
  • Laser surgery and other refractive surgery procedures

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have the early warning signs of a serious eye health problem:
  • Fluctuating Vision
    If you experience frequent changes in how clearly you can see, it may be a sign of diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Seeing Floaters and Flashes
  • Loss of Side Vision
  • Seeing distorted images

Regular eye examinations and early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases can help you continue to preserve good vision throughout life.