Regardless of your age or physical health, it’s important to have regular eye exams. During a complete eye exam, Dr. Gregory R Jackson and his staff will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Comprehensive Eye Exams
A comprehensive eye exam at our Mobile, AL practice includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests using sophisticated diagnostic instruments to manage any eye problem.
A biomicroscope and indirect ophthalmoscope, coupled with high-powered lens, allow Dr. Jackson to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes to detect and monitor potential eye problems. The eye is the only place in the body where blood vessels and nerves can be viewed directly without surgery.
Eyecare experts recommend that people in Baldwin County and Washington County have a complete eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Eye Exams for Kids
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Learn more about pediatric eye exams in Mobile, AL.
Adult Eye Care
The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
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.
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.
To schedule your next eye exam, call us today at (251) 470-8844. Conveniently located in Mobile, Alabama, our practice serves residents from Baldwin County and Washington County.