Eye Exams for Every Generation of Your Family

Healthy Eyes for a Lifetime

Regardless of your age or health, it is important to make regular eye exams part of your overall approach to living a healthy life.

From the youngest member of your family to the oldest, Eye Medical Clinic in San Jose offers comprehensive eye exams catered to your unique circumstances performed by our ophthalmologist. We cater to your unique circumstances and take into consideration the concerns and eye conditions associated with the season of life you are in.

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How often should I have an eye exam?

Most eye care experts agree that you should have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors, physical condition and whether you currently wear corrective lenses.

Pediatric Eye Exams

For children, regular eye exams are as important as regular medical checkups. Since so much of what is presented in a classroom setting is presented visually, children must be able to see well in order to be ready to learn.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children should have their first pediatric eye exam at 6 months of age, another exam at age three and again at the start of school. Risk-free children should then continue to have their eyes examined every two years until age 18; children with risk factors (such as premature birth, developmental delays and a family history of eye disease) should see an eye doctor more frequently.

Adult Eye Exams

For adults to maintain a lifetime of healthy vision, the AOA recommends a comprehensive eye exam every two years for adults ages 18 to 60 and annual exams for adults age 61 and older. Adults who have certain risk factors should have more frequent eye exams. Vision-related risk factors for adults include:

  • Family history of eye disease (glaucoma, macular degeneration)
  • Diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Taking prescriptions that may have eye-related side effects
  • A visually demanding occupation or one that may pose hazards to the eyes
  • Previous eye injuries or eye surgery

Quick Tip: 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.

If you have any doubts about how often you (or your children or parents) should have your eyes examined, ask our experienced Eye Medical Clinic doctors for guidance. We are happy to help!

What’s the Difference Between a Vision Screening and a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

A vision screening is a quick, limited test used to identify possible vision problems. Screenings might be performed by a school nurse or at the pediatrician’s office; even at the DMV! But a vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

What Does a Comprehensive Eye Exam at Eye Medical Clinic Include?

During a comprehensive eye exam at Eye Medical Clinic in San Jose, we will do so much more than determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. We will also check your eyes for any eye disease, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam at our San Jose office includes a number of diagnostic tests and procedures that will examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Dilation of your pupils is recommended for a comprehensive exam. It may be helpful for you to have a driver if your eyes are going to be dilated.

Tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes or a laser to scan your retina.

At Eye Medical Clinic, your comprehensive eye exam will include:

  • a visual acuity test to measure how sharp your vision is
  • a motility exam to see how well your eyes work together and to rule out strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • refraction to determine your best corrected vision prescription
  • tests to assess your risk for developing glaucoma
  • pupil dilation to help detect cataracts, macular degeneration and other serious eye conditions

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