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Comprehensive Eye Exams

Regardless of your age or physical health, it's important to have annual eye exams.

Complete Eye Exam in Ashland

During a complete eye exam, Dr. Noble will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam 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, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

Pediatric Eye Exam

Children. Many 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, again at age 3, and again at the start of school/kindergarten. Children without vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined regularly, many doctors recommend on an annual basis.  Children with existing vision problems or risk factors may need to 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. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.

Adults Eye Exam

Adults. Regular eye exams are also important for adults. Many eye doctors recommend annual eye exams. A few of the more common age-related eye problems which are easily detected during a comprehensive eye exam include presbyopia, cataracts, and macular degeneration. More frequent examinations may be indicated for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, or with a family history of glaucoma, macular degeneration and other eye disorders. Because so many systemic diseases, medications, and eye disorders can affect the health of your eyes, even without you being aware of it, it is recommended that everyone have regular eye exams even if you do not require eyeglasses or contact lenses.

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