Eye wellness exams are an essential part of preventative eye care. They are an intensive eye evaluation that are used by eye doctors to obtain a closer look at a person's whole eye. If you're overdue for an eye wellness exam, visit us here at Gregory K Wacasey, OD in Longview. You can count on our highly advanced technology to give you accurate results. Wellness exams allow an optometrist to discover any present eye conditions a person may have. We will check you carefully for many different conditions, such as ocular diseases, including diabetic retinopathy.
What diseases can be detected through an eye wellness exam?
Eye care is important. That is why it is so important for you to have wellness exams at least once a year to check for any issues.
An optometrist will be able to detect early signs of:
- High blood pressure
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Macular degeneration
- Cancer or tumors
Remember, when diseases of the eye are detected early on, they can be treated as quickly as possible to avoid many long-term eye vision issues. The only part of the body where doctors are able to get a clear look at the blood vessels and nerves is through the eye. The eyes reflect many medical problems that may be located elsewhere in the human body. Things such as a minuscule dot within a blood vessel can easily be detected during an eye exam. These dots can indicate either a mass or cancer which can potentially cause a stroke. Sexually transmitted diseases, brain hemorrhage, and even head trauma can be detected through an eye exam.
Eye Exam Frequency Recommendations
Below are suggestions from The American Academy of Ophthalmology for eye exam frequencies based on age:
- Ages 20s-30s: every 5-10 years
- Ages 40-54: every 2-4 years
- Ages 55-64: every 1-3 years
- Ages 65+: every 1-2 years
Individuals with any of these conditions are exempt from the above recommendations:
- Patients that wear corrective lenses
- Patients who have a family history of eye disease
- Patients who exhibit vision issues or eye discomfort that are serious
- Patients with a chronic disease that increases their chances of eye disease
Children should have an initial screening anywhere between 6 and 12 months of age. They should also have a routine eye and vision screening throughout their childhood to help with the detection of any eye abnormalities. School-aged children should have a vision screening every 1-2 years.
Contact Us Today
If you are in the Longview area, please give us a call here at Gregory L Wacasey, OD for an appointment today. Eye care is highly important and the only way to detect and prevent eye disease is by obtaining a regular eye wellness exam.