Is it time to check your eyes? There is several eye care professional for your needs. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians, each play an important role in providing eye care to consumers.
An ophthalmologist specializes in eye and vision care. He differs from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems.
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Children Vision and Eyes Health
It is essential to check children’s vision when they are first born and again during infancy, preschool and school years. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following exams: newborn, infant, preschooler.
In contrast to vision screening, a comprehensive eye exam can facilitate diagnosis of visual problems. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises parents to seek a comprehensive eye exam if:
• Their child fails a vision screening.
• Vision screening is inconclusive or cannot be performed.
• Referred by a pediatrician or school nurse.
• Their child has a vision complaint or observed abnormal visual behavior, or is at risk for developing eye problems. Children with medical conditions (e.g., Down syndrome, prematurity, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, neurofibromatosis) or a family history of amblyopia, strabismus, retinoblastoma, congenital cataracts or congenital glaucoma are at higher risk for developing pediatric eye problems.
• Their child has a learning disability, developmental delay, neuropsychological condition or behavioral issue.
Baseline Eye Examination
At age 40 is the time when early signs of disease or changes in vision may occur. A baseline screening can help identify signs of eye disease at an early stage when many treatments can have the greatest impact on preserving vision.
If you have an eye disease or if you have a risk factor for developing one, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of eye disease, you should see an ophthalmologist even if you are younger than 40.
Upon examining your eyes, your ophthalmologist can tell you how often you should undergo an eye exam. As you age, it's especially important that you have your eyes checked regularly because your risk for eye disease increases.
If you are 65 or older, make sure you have your eyes checked every year or two for signs of age-related eye diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
What Should Be Checked in an Eye Exam?
Your medical history, visual acuity, pupils, side vision, eye movement, prescription for corrective lenses, eye pressure, the front part of your eye, retina and optic nerve.
Your ophthalmologist may suggest additional testing to further examine your eye using specialized imaging techniques such as OCT, topography or fundus photos. These tests can be crucial in diagnosing a disease in its early stages and allow your doctor to detect abnormalities in the back of the eye, on the eye's surface or inside the eye.