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The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

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.

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Analyzing Your Visual Capacity

The 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.