Routine eye exams with a qualified ophthalmologist are an essential part
of maintaining your long-term health and wellness. Unfortunately, very
few individuals truly understand the importance of undergoing regular
eye exams and how it relates to their overall health. Explore this overview
for more information on the importance of regular eye exams with your
New York ophthalmologist.
Analyzing Your Visual Capacity
American Optometric Association recommends that all individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 should undergo
a comprehensive eye exam every two years to assess their eye health and
visual capacity, while individuals above age 60 should undergo an eye
exam every year. Assessing your visual capacity or acuity is extremely
important, as it helps your ophthalmologist determine whether you are
suffering from refractive errors that can be corrected using prescription
lenses or LASIK surgery such as myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism.
Diagnosing Symptoms of Eye Disease
In addition to assessing your need for vision correction surgery, a comprehensive
eye exam provides your eye doctor with essential information regarding
your risk for certain eye diseases. For example, an eye exam can help
your ophthalmologist diagnose symptoms of cataracts, diabetic retinopathy,
glaucoma, and macular degeneration. This is particularly important as
many of these conditions do not exhibit any noticeable symptoms until
they have reached a much more advanced stage.
Ensuring Your Overall Health
Eye exams not only assess your visual acuity and risk for eye diseases
but can also provide information regarding your overall health status.
In fact, studies show that eye exams can provide your doctor with information
regarding your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Whether you’re interested in an eye exam, LASIK surgery, or multifocal
lenses for the treatment of cataracts—
Dr. Mark Hornfeld is here to help. Contact our New York City office online or call (212)
580-8881 today to set up an initial consultation.