Your eyes are the window to your health
The Doctors of Optometry at Eyeland Optical provide comprehensive examinations and refractions for everyone in your family.
A Typical ExamThe fear of the unknown keeps many people away from their annual exams, however, the process is quite routine and will go something like this: Your Independent Doctor of Optometry could start the eye exam with questions about your general health and lifestyle to tailor the exam to your specific eye health needs. Then, he or she typically will perform an eye exam that measures:
- Your overall vision
- Your color vision and depth perception
- Early indicators of potential problems, such as glaucoma, retinal issues, or cataracts
- Your general eye health
Exams, diagnosis, treatments and management of diseases or disorder of the visual system is done by an optometrist, who is a state-licensed healthcare professional. If you have any questions about your eye exam or the process of eye care, ask your Independent Doctor of Optometry.
The optometrist typically will provide:
- Vision correction
- Eye care
- Identification of vision problems
- Contact lens fitting
- Management of eye diseases
- Diagnosis of related systemic conditions
If you have other eye problems, the optometrist also might treat (or refer you for further treatment for) eye infections, red eyes, or dry eyes.
You should understand your eye test results and each step taken to ensure you receive quality vision care. If an irregularity is discovered during the exam process, the optometrist might suggest remedial treatment, or refer you to an appropriate specialist. Remember to schedule another visit within the next year (or as recommended).
If You Need Glasses
An exam might reveal that prescription eyeglasses or contacts are needed, and your optomistrist will provide you with the appropriate prescription upon discussing your preference. If you chose contacts, it's recommended you still have a pair of eyeglasses as a backup.
How About Children's Exams
With children growing at such rapid rates, early detection of issues is key to preventing later eye problems. For this reason, it’s recommended that children have their eyes examined at least annually, or as recommended by your doctor,* even if they don't indicate that there are any problems. Protect your child’s eyes by starting eye care at a young age.
When to Schedule Family Eye Care
|Birth to 24 months||By 6 months of age, or as recommended|
|2 to 5 years||At 3 years of age|
|6 years and older||Before first grade, and annually thereafter|
Children are adaptable and often don’t know any better when it comes to their vision. For parents this means it’s key to notice various behaviors that would indicate eye issues or vision problems. Does your child squint? Rub or blink their eyes a lot? Slightly cross-eyed? Vision problems require early detection to keep them from progressing and regular eye exams can protect your children from such risks.
For children's vision problems, here are some key signals:
- Rubbing of the eyes
- Complaining often of headaches
- Holding objects or books unusually close or far away
- Excessive blinking
- Favoring one eye by covering it or turning the head
- Eyes that are not aligned or are not working together
- Red, swollen, or encrusted eyes
- Recurring sties or infections on eyelids
Even if your child is not due for an appointment, schedule one if you notice any of these warning signs. Having your child's eyes examined annually, or as recommended by your doctor,* is important to help prevent any children's vision problems from progressing.
With every athletic activity, you protect your child with various gear and with your child’s eyes there’s no exception. Having come a long way, protective eyewear includes lenses and frames that can protect your child’s eyes. For play and sports**, protective eyewear, along with good vision care and UV protection, can do a lot to prevent eye problems.
Try these protective eyewear lenses and safety glasses to help keep your child's eyes safe:
- Polycarbonate lenses** are lightweight impact- and scratch-resistant lenses perfectly
suited for active kids and adults.
- Polycarbonate** safety glasses offer superior comfort and UV protection for children.
(All of our kidSAFE protective eyewear includes 100% UV protection.)
** No lenses are shatterproof or unbreakable.