The new school year is upon us! Because eye exams are an essential part of the back-to-school process for both children and adult students, Dr. Kelly Paulett has some good advice in response to some frequently-asked questions about eye exams:
Why should I have my eyes examined? And how often?
Routine eye examinations are important for the health of our eyes. We recommend an eye examination once every one to two years for most of our patients. Evaluating your need for glasses is only a small part of the eye exam. We also make sure that nothing is getting in the way of you getting the best corrected vision possible! To do this, we look at the health of both the front and the back of the eye through a dilated eye examination.
If I don’t wear glasses, do I still need my eyes examined?
Absolutely! Glasses simply focus light to the correct place in the back of the eye. Even though you may not need glasses to ‘see’, it is extremely important to have the health of your eyes checked. Here at Cascadia Eye, our goal is complete eyecare, including dilated eye examinations. Conditions such as glaucoma often have no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage, and vision loss may be permanent. Other conditions such as diabetes can cause changes to the retina in the back of the eye, and can cause permanent vision changes if left untreated.
Why should I have my children’s eyes examined?
Catching a vision problem early in life is crucial. Children often adapt quickly to what they are used to, so if a child has a vision problem in one eye, they might not know any different and never tell you that they can’t see! For some children a vision problem may be as simple as needing glasses. For others, decreased vision may be from an eye turn or from a problem within the eye itself. For this reason, it is extremely important to have a child’s eyes dilated as part of the routine vision exam.
Will a school vision screening pick up a problem with my child’s eyes?
Maybe. It depends on the level of vision screening, and what the criteria is for a ‘failed’ vision screening. A child may pass a vision screening but still have a health-related condition of the eye even if he/she does not require glasses. We always recommend a complete eye exam for children before starting Kindergarten! If your child has any problems with reading or complains of a headache while doing schoolwork, consider an eye examination.
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