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Even if you see well, it is important to have your eyes examined regularly. The American Optometric Association recommends that children without any apparent problems have their eyes examined by six months of age, and adults every one to three years. Persons in high risk categories should follow their eye doctor's advice on how often they need professional care.
Checking visual acuity is only one component of an eye exam. Your doctor should also examine your eyes for glaucoma and retinal problems. Glaucoma is asymptomatic in its early stages, so the only way to detect it is to have regular eye exams. A family history of glaucoma, s risk. Other=diabetes or severe blunt trauma to the eye can increase one conditions such as thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes can affect the eyes in various ways. Certain medication can have side effects on the eye.
A comprehensive eye examination can be performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. If eye disease is detected during a comprehensive examination, you may be referred to a specialty ophthalmologist. And with today's technology, treatments are available for conditions which were previously untreatable.
For more information about eye examinations, contact an eye care professional
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