Importance of Annual Eye Exams
August 17, 2009

Importance of Annual Eye Exams

Even if you have had excellent vision your entire life, it is a good idea to go for an eye exam once a year. This is especially true as you enter your 40s.

The best way to prevent the development of serious eye conditions is to diagnose and treat a problem in its early stages. Many eye conditions are age-related and affect people once they reach their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Some of these conditions are:

Age-related macular degeneration

If these conditions are not treated in a timely manner, they can lead to blindness. The best way to maintain healthy vision is to have your eyes examined by an experienced ophthalmologist at regular yearly intervals.

If you have a refractive error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, it is especially important to go for regular annual eye exams to make sure that your current prescription is still accurate. Many daily activities such as driving can be dangerous if your prescription is not giving you clear vision.

What Does an Eye Exam Include?
The experienced Northeastern Pennsylvania ophthalmologists at NEI offer comprehensive eye exams to all of our patients. These examinations will include:

• Review of your medical history, including general health, family history, and eye health
• Vision test
• Pupil response test
• Slit lamp exam to evaluate the health of your cornea
• Intra-ocular pressure (IOP) measurement
• Ophthalmoscopy to examine your eye’s retinal tissue, blood vessels, and nerves
• Visual field examination

By scheduling one of our comprehensive eye care exams every year, you can be confident that any dangerous eye conditions will be detected and treated promptly, ensuring the maintenance of healthy eyes and good vision for years to come.

Please contact our Pennsylvania eye care office today to schedule your eye exam. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton, Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Northeastern Pennsylvania.