Getting eye exams on a regular basis from an optometrist is an important part of overall health care. Routine eye exams are a key part of preventative eye care, as not all ocular diseases have obvious symptoms. Early diagnosis and management of ocular diseases is important to maintain good vision. Routine eye exams can also uncover undiagnosed illnesses not directly related to vision.
At Casey Optical Co. in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Christine Kniffen examines adults of all ages, and has been providing eye health and vision care for decades.
Primary eye care
During your eye exam, Dr. Kniffen will perform a series of tests to evaluate your eye health and vision. Eye exams can include the following:
- A vision exam
- Education on how to maintain healthy vision
- Screening for eye diseases or conditions without symptoms
- Refractive tests to determine if prescription lenses are needed
- Creating a treatment plan to treat eye diseases or conditions
- Determining if specialized care is needed
How long does a routine eye exam take?
Routine eye exams typically take between 30 – 45 minutes. Prior to the exam, the eye doctor or another member of the Casey Optical team will ask you about your medical and vision care history and if you have any current concerns related to your vision.
After the exam is completed, Dr. Kniffen will discuss test results with you and recommend any necessary follow-up care or treatment options. Treatment options may include prescription glasses or contact lenses, eye drops or prescription medications, in-office procedures, or referrals to specialists if necessary.
Why are routine vision exams important?
An eye exam goes beyond just checking your vision. Our eye doctor in Albuquerque uses diagnostic technology to detect early signs of eye diseases and other medical conditions that can affect your vision and overall health. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, have no symptoms in the early stages. Regular eye exams can help identify these conditions before they progress and cause irreversible damage and vision loss.
In addition to detecting eye diseases, eye exams can also uncover signs of other underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain cancers.
How often should you get an eye exam?
How often you should get an eye exam can vary depending on your age, overall health, and risk factors for eye diseases or conditions. For most adults who are not at high risk for eye diseases or conditions, we recommend getting an eye exam every two years; however, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, have a family history of eye diseases, are over age 60, or have other health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, more frequent exams may be necessary. As we age, our eyes may become more susceptible to certain conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. That’s why we recommend adults who are 60 or over get an annual eye exam.
Schedule an eye exam in Albuquerque
Our team of eye care professionals is here to help you protect your vision and see clearly for years to come. Ensure that your eyes stay healthy by contacting our office in Albuquerque to schedule your next eye exam.