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Comprehensive Eye Exams

Eye Exams For the Whole Family

Eye Exam for patients of all ages

Crystal Vision Clinic provides comprehensive eye exams. The doctor will assess a patient’s refractive error (the need for spectacles), binocular function (how the eyes work together), oculomotor reflexes (pupil reactions, ocular muscle balance), accommodative function (ability to focus at near), visual field and ocular health (cataracts, retinal health). Because the pupils are small and become even smaller when light enters the eye, the view of the retina and other posterior structures of the eye are limited. Therefore, dilation of the pupil with eye drops and/or retinal photography is helpful to adequately examine the retina.

Retinal photography is completed with our Optomap® Retinal Exam scanning system. This patient friendly, quick exam captures an image of virtually the entire retina in less than a second. Not only has this technology proved highly effective at educating patients about the health of their eyes, but is an excellent way to monitor change in retinal health over a period of time. Diabetic and high blood pressure patients are screened regularly for retinopathy using this system, and the effects of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts can also be monitored regularly. Healthy patients and those with vascular health issues alike will benefit from documented photographs of their retinas.

Eye Care for Everyone

How Often Do You Need to See the Optometrist, Based on Age?

The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any patient who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every year. Doctors often recommend more frequent eye examinations for people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

Since the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.

If you are over 40, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.

Eye Exams for Children

Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at every year throughout school.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

  • premature birth
  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their optometrist’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.

Schedule an Eye Doctor’s Appointment

Contact our eye care clinic to schedule an eye exam near you, today.

  • According to experts, 80% of learning is visual, which means that if your child is having difficulty seeing clearly, his or her learning can be affected. To ensure that your children have the visual resources they need to grow and develop normally, their eyes and vision should be checked by an eye doctor at certain stages of their development.
  • We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure the best eye care possible. Learn about the different types of tests and equipment you may experience on a visit to our Practice.
  • Going to the eye doctor? Here’s what to expect, and what to remember.

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