Eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, which is why you should have eye exams even if you don’t wear corrective lenses. Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD, provides comprehensive eye exams at Universal Vision Medical Center in Costa Mesa, California. If you’re due for an eye exam, call or make your appointment online today.
The answer to this question depends on a few variables. If you don’t need glasses or contact lenses and don’t have any eye health complications, you should have an eye exam at least once every two years.
Prescriptions for glasses and contact lenses are valid for a year. You need to have an annual checkup to keep your prescription up-to-date.
After the age of 60, you should have annual eye exams as your risk of eye disease increases. If you have a condition like diabetes or high blood pressure, you might need more frequent eye exams. Dr. Tinoosh provides personalized advice in these situations.
Dr. Tinoosh usually begins by reviewing your eyes and overall health history. Then he evaluates your visual acuity — how well you see at various distances. During this test, you cover one eye and read letters off a Snellen eye chart. You repeat the test while covering the other eye, and then with both eyes together.
If you wear corrective lenses, Dr. Tinoosh confirms your prescription with a state-of-the-art computerized autorefractor. He then fine tunes your prescription by testing your vision with a few different lenses.
Dr. Tinoosh also examines your eyelids and the outside of your eyes with a slit lamp. He offers retina scans and glaucoma tests to screen for signs of eye disease.
A comprehensive eye exam usually takes 30-60 minutes. When your exam is complete, Dr. Tinoosh provides prescriptions for eyeglasses or contact lenses if needed. Universal Vision Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of stylish frames, lenses, and contact lenses.
Even if you’re not due for an eye exam, you should know the signs that you need to see an ophthalmologist.
Eye strain, fatigue, and headaches are common signs of needing a new eyeglasses prescription. You might also notice that you’re squinting or holding your phone closer to your face or at arm’s length to see the text.
If you have trouble seeing at night, can’t read street signs from a reasonable distance, or have difficulty adjusting between light and dark, you should make an appointment at Universal Vision Medical Center.
Other signs you need an eye exam include double vision, wavy vision, and seeing halos around lights. If you have any symptoms of dry eye or eyelid infections, Dr. Tinoosh can help.
Schedule your next eye exam today by calling Universal Vision Medical Center or booking online.