At Georgia Ophthalmologists, we offer comprehensive annual eye examinations for all ages. During your examination, the doctor will thoroughly evaluate the total health of your eyes, which includes vision screening, pressure reading, dry eye evaluation, dilation which allows the doctor to examine the back of your eye, and refraction which determines your glasses or contact lens prescription.
Most people will seek medical attention for sore or painful eyes, changes in vision, or for an injury, but do not otherwise feel eye examinations are an important part of routine medical care unless a problem occurs. Routine eye exams are a very important as many blinding eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, have little or no warning signs until they have taken away some or all of your vision.
We recommend that children have their first vision screening before starting kindergarten, and to be rescreened every other year, to ensure their vision is developing normally. Likewise, teenagers should undergo a thorough examination prior to learning to drive, to ensure that they are safe behind the wheel.
It is estimated that over 20.9 million Americans live with diabetes. Diabetics are among the highest at risk for eye disease, and should have an examination at least once a year after being diagnosed. Diabetic eye disease (in the early stages) has virtually no symptoms, and the only way to know whether or not a diabetic individual has or is developing diabetic eye disease, is to maintain yearly examinations.
If you have family members who have or have had glaucoma or macular degeneration, you are at an increased risk for developing these diseases, especially for those over 50. Including a routine eye exam as part of your yearly medical care, will give you the best chances of saving your sight should any of these diseases develop.