Eye Health and FAQ’s

How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?

It depends on your age and the status of your general and eye health. The AOA recommends an eye exam at certain intervals based on age. Assuming you are in good general health and have good eye health, an eye exam should be performed at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again before starting first grade. Subsequent eye exams should be every 2 years until age 61. If you wear glasses or contact lenses and eye exam should be performed yearly or more often depending on the status of the visual system. If you have certain systemic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure you should have an eye exam yearly or more frequent if recommended. Certain eye conditions also make a more frequent eye exam necessary. A strong family history of eye disease would also be another reason to have more frequent eye examinations. The AOA recommendations are just a starting point. While most people can expect a lifetime of good vision, the earlier an eye disease is discovered, the earlier treatment can begin. With this in mind, most vision insurance companies cover a comprehensive eye exam every year.

What Should You Bring to Your Eye Exam?

You should bring any relevant prescription information including your current glasses or glasses prescription, your contact lens packaging or prescription and a list of any medications you are taking. You should also bring a copy of your insurance card or vision insurance identification number.

What is the difference between a vision screening and an eye exam?

Vision screenings are often done by nurses in schools or in a pediatrician’s office. A vision screening usually involves determining your visual acuity (how well you can see a certain size letters at a fixed distance.) It can determine if you need a comprehensive eye exam, but it is not a substitute for an eye exam. An eye exam can only be done in an Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office. Special equipment is required for a comprehensive eye exam.

Why should I wear Sunglasses?

In Colorado there is more UV radiation because of the high altitude. UV radiation can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygium and skin cancers of the eyelid. Skin cancers of the eye area are especially common in Colorado. Sunglasses should have 100% UV protection in order to minimize the harmful effects of UV exposure.

What is the difference between Polarized Sunglasses and just Sunglasses?

Regular sunglasses have lenses that are tinted and reduce the brightness of all light coming through the lens. Polarized Sunglasses also reduce the overall brightness, but selectively reduce the glare from horizontal surfaces such as snow or water. As a result of reducing glare, they also enhance the clarity and comfort of vision in bright light. Both lenses can be made with a prescription or without.

I have trouble driving at night, any suggestions?

Anti-reflective coatings can reduce reflections allowing you to see better at night, as well as reduce eyestrain from computer monitors.

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