Regardless of your age or physical health, it's important to have regular eye exams in our Fort Lauderdale office.
During a complete eye exam,our eye doctors will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, check for ocular diseases, assess how your eye muscles work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your body's overall health.
A comprehensive eye exam in our Fort Lauderdale office includes:
- A thorough review of your medical history and medications.
- Visual acuity testing and refraction, including using the Epic Refracting System.
- Neurological assessment of pupils, ocular motility and visual fields.
- Glaucoma and cataract evaluation.
- Dilated retinal evaluation, with careful attention paid to any signs of macular degeneration or systemic diseases, such as hypertension or diabetes. Sometimes the first place hypertension and diabetes show up is in the retina.
The AOA recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still should have an eye exam to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration every one to three years depending on your age, risk factors, overall health and rate of visual change. Patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders may need more frequent exams, because many of these diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
Ft. Lauderdale Eye Associates advocates a preventative medicine strategy and has developed some unique screenings to help safeguard your eye health and sight.
Please read more about our:
- Advanced Cardiovascular Screening
- Advanced Glaucoma Screening.
You can also learn more about the common aging changes to your eyes in the two sections:
- Vision After 40
- Vision After 60
Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children in Fort Lauderdale with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently.
Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- Premature birth
- Developmental delays
- Turned or crossed eyes
- Family history of eye disease
- History of eye injury
- Other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions.
Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
To schedule your next eye exam, contact us today. We're just a short drive from Pompano Beach and Boca Raton.
Appointments can be scheduled on Tuesday and Friday as early as 8:30 am upon request.
For emergencies, call 911 or our main number for the answering service to reach the doctor on call.