As highly experienced eye exams specialists, Dr. Paulus and Dr. Wu recognize it is important to have your eyes examined regularly. During an exam, eyes should be checked for health problems as well as visual acuity. How often you should have your eyes checked varies, depending on your individual circumstances. Children should be screened by age three or four, and people ages forty and over should be examined by an ophthalmologist every two to five years. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, it's a good idea to have your eyes checked every year.
A comprehensive examination may include: a visual acuity test to determine if you need corrective lenses; a test to measure your eye pressure; a retinal exam to view the back of your eye; and a microscopic examination of the front of the eye. A comprehensive examination is important because there are several eye diseases, such as glaucoma , cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy that have no symptoms in their early stages. An eye examination may also reveal disease elsewhere in the body. Remember, the sooner a vision problem or disease is detected, the better the chance for successful treatment.