The Importance of Routine Eye Examination

The Importance of Routine Eye Examination

Eye exams are often overlooked by many people.  You know, checking our sense of sight is very important. The sense of sight is one of the most important human senses.  Vision is a complex process of collecting, focusing and converting light into objects of vision.  As we age, the eyes become more susceptible to damage and various diseases.

Some eye diseases such as increased eye pressure in glaucoma do not have any symptoms in their early stages, so you will only know if you have reached the final stage.  This will make handling more difficult.  Therefore, a regular full eye examination is very important.

 What is done during an eye exam?

 An eye examination is painless.  The doctor will perform an eye examination which includes an examination of conditions outside the eye such as the eyelids, parts of the eye such as the conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, iris and retina to find signs of disease.

  • A complete eye exam includes:
  • Vision examination (without or with corrective lenses)
  • Check pupillary reflex
  • Examination of the eye muscles
  • Visual field check
  • Slit-lamp examination
  • Check eye pressure
  • Examination of the back of the eye

 How often should someone have an eye exam:

 Age under 3 years old

Make sure your child has screened the eye during routine check-ups at the paediatrician.  Some eye disorders that are often experienced by children include amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus or crossed eyes.  In addition, routine eye screening also aims to rule out other diseases such as congenital cataracts or retinoblastoma.

 3-19 years old

 Make sure your child has regular eye exams every 1-2 years during routine health checks to rule out visual problems such as myopia or nearsightedness.

 Age 20-39 years old

Get a detailed eye examination particularly if you have a familial background of eye pain or you have recently experienced eye trauma.

Age 40 years and over

 As you get older, degenerative eye diseases (related to age) are more likely to arise.  Especially if you have risk conditions like  diabetes, hypertension, a family history of eye disease or you take certain medications that can affect eye conditions, you need to visit an ophthalmologist more often.

Examination of eyes is important throughout the life of all individuals only adults but also children. Everyone thinks that young children don’t need eye check but that completely wrong. Nowadays ds use mobiles to play, watch videos continuously day and night or else they watch tv and these lights are good for the eyes and as these are inevitable, it is better if you take your children also to the eye doctor for a check-up regularly.

Due to stress in school, many school-going children are suffering from head chef and eyes pain so even they shouldn’t be neglected. Everyone should go for eye checkups every 1 year.