- Periodic visits to an eye surgeon should be considered as important as examinations by a family physician.
- In many cases, early treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, crossed eyes and some forms of macular degeneration can prevent impairment of sight and even blindness.
Recommended Intervals for a comprehensive Eye Examination
|Pre- School and Pre- Teen screening|
|20-39 years of Age||Every three to five years|
|49-64 years of Age||Every one to two years|
|65 years or older||Every year|
Signs or Symptoms Suggesting the Need for an Eye Examination
- Loss of vision
- Floaters or flashes of light
- Temporary dimming of vision
- Curtain or veil blocking vision
- Redness of eye
- Discharge or excessive tearing
- Swelling or protrusion of one or both eyes
- Crossed or wandering eyes; double vision.
- Eye pain
- Diabetes Loss of sight may be prevented In all situations the ophthalmologist’s aim is to protect sight and health through early diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the eye.