Just as life begins at 40, baseline disease eye screening should also begin at 40, according to The American Academy of Ophthalmology. This is true for all adults even those who have no risk factors and/or signs of eye disease because it’s the age when changes in vision and the early signs of disease likely start to occur. After an initial screening, usually a comprehensive eye examination, your ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary interventions, such as prescription eyeglasses from Sears, regular eye examinations, and eye drops, among others.
Why the Baseline Screening?
The baseline eye evaluation is important in the maintenance of eye health because the tools and techniques used by the ophthalmologist may detect eye diseases common in older adults. For this reason, it creates better opportunities in the early detection and treatment of eye diseases and, thus, in the preservation of functional vision. Emphasis must be made that several common diseases of the eyes can impact people 40 years old and above without observable symptoms.
Your ophthalmologist can detect common abnormalities in the eyes including its related structures, even serious abnormalities requiring immediate medical attention like ocular tumors. You will also be screened for systemic diseases that have an impact on the eyes, such as diabetes and hypertension. Your eye doctor and medical doctor can work together, in a manner of speaking, in implementing appropriate intervention measures to preserve your eyesight, especially when you have potentially blinding diseases like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.
Why the Regular Screening?
But don’t just stop with the baseline evaluation either. You have to follow your ophthalmologist’s recommendation about regular eye exams afterwards since these are just as important as the baseline exam.
Regular visits to your ophthalmologist is a must in the preservation of your eyesight, in the treatment of ongoing diseases or injuries, and in the prescription of contact lenses or eyeglasses. In fact, you have to visit your optometrist at Pearle Vision every year so that your prescription eyewear can be adjusted accordingly. Otherwise, you may be wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses that are no longer suitable to your eyes’ current condition.
If you are at risk for eye disease or you have symptoms, your ophthalmologist will require more frequent regular eye examination. You are considered at risk when you have a family history, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among other conditions. You may also be at higher risk when you smoke cigarettes, work in hazardous conditions, and spend large amounts of time in front of the computer.