Regular eye exams are the best way to ensure that you are staying on top of your vision needs, but annual exams aren’t necessary for everyone. If you are under the age of 50 and your vision remains stable, having an eye exam every other year or even every three years may be fine. However, it is a good idea to watch for signs of changing vision or potential eye problems and to schedule an exam quickly should issues arise.
You May Need to Schedule an Eye Exam If…
- You experience a sudden change in vision
- You being seeing flashers or floaters
- You experience increasing difficulties seeing at night
- You notice halos around lights
- Your eyes are routinely dry, red, or irritated
Increased sensitivity to light, diminished color perception, blurriness, and any other change in vision should never be ignored. Many vision disorders can be treated more effectively if they are identified early in their progression.
Who Should Schedule Yearly Eye Exams
Yearly eye exams are a good idea for most people. Like dental cleanings and physicals, maintaining regularly scheduled eye exams helps to preserve long-term health.
If you have a family history of eye disease such as glaucoma or if you have diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, an autoimmune condition, or any other medical condition that can impact vision, you should see an eye doctor every year. People who wear eyeglasses or contacts should also maintain annual eye exams.
Eye Health as You Age
Vision begins to change when we are in our 40s and will continue to diminish as we age. Many eye disorders and diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, are age-related as well, making it important for men and women who are over the age of 50 to give serious consideration to annual eye exams. Routine exams can help to identify small issues before they become major problems and may even help prevent a permanent loss of vision.
If you can’t remember when your last eye exam took place, you are overdue for a visit. Please give us a call at 845-454-1025 to schedule an exam right away. We maintain offices in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown. We welcome patients from all surrounding areas.