COMPREHENSIVE EYE CARE AND EYE EXAMS in The Woodlands
Keeping Your Eyes Healthy is Our Top Priority
At Child & Family Eye Care we don't stop at determining your prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Our comprehensive eye exams go much further, including testing your eyes for eye diseases, evaluating how your eyes work together as a team, and assessing your eyes indicators of your overall physical health. We are often the first to detect chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, since the earliest signs of these conditions can be seen during a routine eye exam.
No matter your age, a thorough eye exam can help your vision remain clear, and ensure that your whole body stays healthy. Contact Child & Family Eye Care in The Woodlands to book your eye exam today.
Eye Exams Can Save Your Vision
Eye exams are a critical part of maintaining your long-term vision and eye health. Many vision threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy show few, if any symptoms until the disease has already begun to cause significant damage. In these cases, the vision lost before detection and treatment is usually irreversible. Early detection and treatment is therefore essential to halting or slowing down the progression of the disease and saving eyesight.
During a comprehensive eye examination, your eye doctor will be looking for initial signs of these diseases. If anything is found, your eye doctor will begin creating a personalized treatment plan for you based on your specific needs.
Eye Exams for Children & Young Adults
Whether in school or in sports, children with undetected and untreatment vision issues face many difficult obstacles. 80% of all we learn is through vision, so ensuring your child enjoys clear vision by having regular eye exams offers the best opportunity to help them thrive.
How Often Do Kids Need to Have Eye Exams?
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. This is why it's so important that your child have their first eye exam at 6 months of age and their next one around the age 3. This will ensure that their eyes are developing properly so they don't have problems later in life. They should then have an eye exam right before they begin school, and every year after that.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- the family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Consult with our The Woodlands optometric team for personalized recommendations to correct vision issues and help a child succeed.
What Happens During An Eye Exam?
Our eye doctor in The Woodlands, Texas, will check your vision thoroughly to ensure you're seeing as clearly as possible. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, this includes checking your visual acuity both with and without your corrective lenses, to ensure your prescription is correct.
We will ask you to read from a basic eye chart, which tests your eyesight to see if you're visual acuity is 20/20. We'll also use a phoropter to check carefully for astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. For this, your eye doctor will ask you to look through a series of lenses, and you'll need to give feedback on which ones give the clearest vision. While doing this, our eye doctor will use a retinoscope to observe how light focuses on your retina with each of the different lenses.
These tests, among others, provide us with the information needed to check your eye health and issue an accurate prescription.
Vision Exams For Those Over 40
Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes begin to weaken as we age. There are a number of common age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration that can begin to affect your vision and your daily life. While some of these conditions are more of an inconvenience, others could lead to vision loss and dependency.
In addition to regular yearly eye exams, it is important to be aware of any changes in your eye health and vision. Also know your potential risk factors as well as your family ocular and medical history. Over half of the vision loss worldwide is preventable with proper treatment and care.
Safeguard your vision by booking your eye exam with Child & Family Eye Care in The Woodlands today.