No matter how old you are, or how healthy, it’s important to have regular eye examinations.
During a thorough eye examination at our office in Eugene and Bend, OR, Dr. Cuevas will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and will check your eyes for commonplace eye diseases. Dr. Cuevas will also examine how your eyes work together and assess your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A complete eye examination includes various tests and procedures which will evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your sight. Some of these tests are simple, like having you read an eye chart, and some are complex, such as using a powerful lens to check the tissues inside of your eyes.
Do you need to get an eye exam?
Eyecare specialists recommend you have a comprehensive eye examination every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Children. Some specialists estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision issues. The American Optometric Association (AOA), recommends that all children have an eye exam at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again before school starts. Children who don’t have vision problems or risk factors for eye disorders should have an eye exam at least every two years throughout school.
Children from Eugene and Bend with current vision issues or risk factors should have an eye exam more often. Common risk factors for vision issues 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 currently wear glasses or contact lenses have an eye exam yearly or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA recommends that any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts have an eye exam yearly. If you don’t generally need vision correction, you should still have an eye exam every two to three years until you reach 40, depending on how quickly your vision is changing and overall health. Doctors in Eugene and Bend often recommend that adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders have more frequent examinations, because many eye diseases can have an impact on sight and eye health.
When over 40, you should have an eye exam every one to two years to check for commonplace age-related eye issues such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Because the risk of eye disease increases with age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined yearly.
Call 541-687-8666 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cuevas in Eugene, Oregon. If you’re coming from Springfield, Bend or Florence, our office is only minutes away.