While patients who wear contact lenses or eyeglasses are accustomed to visiting the eye doctor frequently to change their prescriptions, those who do not often incorrectly believe that they do not need to see an eye doctor. Even if you have clear vision and no symptoms, the team at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians recommends eye exams every two years.
Regular eye exams are important because they allow our doctors to evaluate your eye health using advanced tools. In some cases, we may even diagnose a vision-threatening eye disorder before the onset of symptoms. We offer comprehensive eye exams for patients of all ages at both of our locations in Sunnyvale, CA, and Santa Clara. Because early treatment gives you the best chances of saving your vision following a serious diagnosis, we are strong advocates of the importance of regular eye exams.
Other Experts Support Regular Eye Exams
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has different recommendations for how often you should schedule an eye exam based on your age, whether you have preexisting health conditions, and your family history. These include:
- Children should have their first eye exam between ages three and five
- Diabetic patients should have a dilated eye exam once per year
- Patients who are at higher risk of glaucoma should visit an eye doctor for a dilated eye exam every two years. This may include black patients over age 40, all adults over age 60, Mexican Americans, and patients with a family history of glaucoma,
The American Optometric Association recommends eye exams every two years for all other adults between ages 19 to 40. If you wear contact lenses, we recommend yearly exams to ensure that they are still fitting comfortably.
The Importance of Regular Eye Exams
Many patients think that they do not need a professional eye exam if they recently passed a vision screening at school or while renewing their driver's license. But this is not the case. These tests focus on determining how well you see and lack the advanced technology used to detect eye conditions and diseases. Additionally, only a professional eye doctor can administer the appropriate treatment once you have been diagnosed.
In many cases, the most serious eye disorders do not show symptoms until permanent vision loss has occurred. Some conditions that can affect you without showing symptoms at first include:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Retinal detachment
- Choroidal melanoma
- Brain or eye tumors
- Retinal thinning
Attending regular eye exams gives your doctor the greatest chance of detecting a serious eye disease at its earliest stages when you have the most effective and conservative treatment options available. In some cases, as with choroidal melanoma, a dilated eye exam can even help your doctor detect life-threatening eye disease.
According to Dr. Tracy Klein of the University of Wisconsin, early detection is absolutely critical for ensuring a positive outcome for the treatment of serious eye disorders.
Your Doctor Has the Tools You Need
Even if you can see clearly, you can still be in the early stages of an eye disease that has not presented any symptoms. Our practice can perform various tests to fully examine the health of your eyes, including a dilated eye exam. Our doctors will also assess your medical history to screen for eye problems that could be connected with your overall health.
Discuss the Importance of Eye Exams with a Doctor
Professional eye exams are the best way to keep your vision healthy for many years to come. According to Dr. Tracy Klein of the University of Wisconsin, early detection is absolutely critical for ensuring a positive outcome for the treatment of serious eye disorders. Even if you do not have any symptoms, you should schedule your next eye exam at our practice. You may request an appointment online or call our office at Sunnyvale office at (408) 739-6200 to learn more.