We encourage all of our patients to have a routine eye exam once a year--even if you have no vision complaints. During the exam, the doctor will not only check your vision but also perform a dilated eye exam to look for such diseases as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness if undetected. The exam can also detect non-vision-related health issues and systemic diseases, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism. A retinal evaluation for tears, degenerations, and detachments will also be performed.
Routine exams are particularly important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, including anyone over age 60, African Americans over age 40, and those with a family history of glaucoma. Exams are also vital for toddlers and preschool children, who may have vision problems without showing any symptoms at all. Former President Jimmy Carter providing some fascinating information on this all too important national issue.