In order to assess the health of an individual, doctor usually orders baseline tests to make an initial assessment. An eye exam serves the purpose of baseline as well as a specialized diagnostic test aimed at uncovering apparent as well as underlying optical problems. Eye exam also forms the basis of a regular eye care regimen which is essential for all human beings regardless of the state of their eye sight.
Unlike other human organs, which are comparatively simpler in constitution, human eye is a very intricate organ and its working is complex. A plethora of things can go wrong for an eye which makes regular eye exams even more important to uncover such problems timely and to take steps to protect the eye sight.
Next question that arises in the mind is how frequent one should get an eye exam. This question can be accurately answered by an optometry expert. But experts recommend that a child should be brought for an eye exam during the first six months and then after that the next exam should be at third birthday and then before starting school. Frequent eye exams at an early stage of a child is essential to track any hereditary problems as well as other common eye sight issues which can be caught on the way and be dealt with timely before they start interfering with a child’s development.
After childhood, it is recommended to take an eye exam after every 2-3 years and this frequency is sufficient until you have attained an age of 60 years or more. After 60 years, due to old age, eye sight problems occur more easily and optical abilities are easily compromised. Therefore, after 60 years of age or more, optometry experts recommend that you should get an eye exam every year.
Optometrists can also request you to take more frequent eye exams on the basis of your own medical history and on the basis of the history of optical problems in your family. As a part of your eye care regimen, these eye exams can occur more than once in a year. Some risk factors which call for more frequent eye exams include history of glaucoma in your family as well as history of macular degeneration in your family because these conditions put you at a greater risk of developing eye sight problems.
Your eye exams can be frequently order by your optometry consultant if you have been prescribed some medications which are known to cause side effects on the eyes such as dryness of the eyes. It is essential to frequently take eye exam if you are taking such medications because dry eyes are easier to get inflamed and even get infected. Eye care experts also advise against smoking as it has been frequently associated with more frequently occurring eye sight problem such as macular degeneration and occurrence of glaucoma.
Apart from this, you should immediately get an eye exam if you experience sudden change in your eye sight such as blurred vision, flashes, cloudy eyes, irritation in eyes, itchiness, or yellowing of the whites of the eyes as these symptoms may be an indication of more serious health problem.