Eye Exams for Children and Adults – What’s the Difference?

eye examsDid you know that regardless of age, it is important to have regular and comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor? The frequency of exams recommended is based on age and any issues with vision or medical conditions. Here’s the minimum frequency that it’s recommended to visit the eye doctor, as based on the American Optometric Association (AOA) for adults and children.

All adults should have a comprehensive eye exam to check for vision, as well as other issues with the eyes every two years. Keep in mind that eye problems become more likely with age. For this reason, it’s often strongly recommended by many eye doctors that after age 40, the minimum with no risk factors is every one to two years and yearly at age 60. It’s recommended that those wearing eyeglasses or contacts have yearly eye exams. Those experiencing other vision problems, eye injury, or have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, connective tissue disorders, etc should have yearly eye exams unless told by their eye doctor that more frequent examination is necessary. For instance, it is often recommended that those with uncontrolled diabetes visit the eye doctor 2-3 times per year.

Children should have an initial eye exam with an eye doctor at 6 months, at age 3, and again around ages 5 or 6. After these initial eye exams, children should have an eye exam at least every two years until adulthood. Children that wear glasses or contacts should have a yearly eye exam. Yearly or even more frequent eye exams may be needed in some children, such as those with:

     -Premature birth or developmental delays
     -Fetal distress at birth or low Apgar scores
     -Infection during pregnancy (AIDS, herpes, rubella, etc)
     -Other vision problems, such as crossed eyes
     -Eye injury
     -Medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, and many others)

At Hampton Roads Eye Associates, both children and adults receive the highest quality eye care possible. We are uniquely situated to provide general eye exams, specialty eye care such as retinal testing, laser surgery and more, and our optical shop allows us to fit and order you and your child for glasses after your exam if the need arises. Please contact us at (757) 643-8800 to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online scheduling tool.

What can an eye exam tell you about your health?

eye exams and healthYou know that seeing your eye doctor is the best way to be sure that your eyes stay healthy. During your exam, your eye doctor may dilate your pupils so he can examine your optic nerves, retinas and blood vessels. Your eye care practitioner can tell a lot about the health of your body by looking at the health of your eyes.
Your Blood Pressure
If during your exam, your doctor notices kinks or tears in the blood vessels of your eyes, you may be asked about your blood pressure.  The condition of those blood vessels could suggest undiagnosed or unmanaged high blood pressure (hypertension).
Your Blood Sugar
Bleeding or yellowish fluid leaking in the blood vessels of the eye can signify diabetic neuropathy. Your eye care professional may encourage you to see your family physician for blood sugar screening. Properly managed blood sugar levels could save your vision.
Your Autoimmune System
Characterized by inflammation throughout the body, a dysfunctional autoimmune system can affect your joints, your internal organs, and your eyes. The immune system can attack the blood vessels in the back of the eye and on the retina, which can affect your vision. Anyone who has an autoimmune disorder should have regular eye exams.
Your Thyroid
Graves eye disease, also called thyroid eye disease, is another autoimmune disorder. In this case, the autoimmune issue causes an overactive thyroid. Symptoms could also include swelling around the eyes and protruding eyeballs. If you have a thyroid disorder, you may also notice fatigue, weight loss, and heat intolerance.
Your Nervous System
The optic nerve is the only area of the brain that can be seen from outside of the body. Vision problems could be one of the first signs you might notice if you were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Researchers suggest that optic nerve scans could also provide useful information for other neurological conditions.
Your eye doctor would be able to detect many other health conditions before you were aware of a problem. He can warn you of suspected tumors, aneurysms, or even cancer. Your comprehensive eye exam could be your first indication that you have a more serious health concern that should be investigated by your family physician.  Early detection is important for treatment for these critical medical issues.  If you have a known medical condition, be sure to see your eye care provider as often as recommended, and notify him of any changes in your health.

Hampton Roads Eye Associates provides qualified eye care professionals who are trained to identify major health issues during your eye health exam.  Please schedule an appointment with us today, at 757-643-8800.  Our board certified ophthalmologists are ready to help you with your eye care health and treatment.  


Hampton Roads Eye Associates Named Best Eye Doctor in 2017!

daily pressHampton Roads Eye Associates was named 2017 “Best Eye Doctor/Optometrist and Ophthalmologist/Lasik” in Newport News by the Daily Press Choice Awards! Providing exceptional vision care is the mission of Hampton Roads Eye Associates. The doctors and staff are proud to be recognized by the community as an outstanding provider of vision care services, and will continue to meet their expectations in the future.

Winners of the Daily Press Choice Awards are chosen by the readers of the Daily Press through a nomination and ballot-voting system. The ballots reached to six geographic areas including Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Poquoson, Williamsburg, Gloucester and Mathews, and South of the James. This annual competition is sponsored by the Daily Press and is designed to allow the community to nominate and vote for who they believe is the most deserving of the designation of “Best of…” in multiple categories that include: wellness, food, home, recreation, services, and shopping.

Nominations were taken between June 5 and July 14, and voting took place between July 30th and August 26th 2017.

The Daily Press readers’ Choice Awards Gala was held at the Mariners Museum on September 18, 2017, to honor all the nominees and announce the winners. The category winners were announced on December 10th in a special publication by the Daily Press.

If you would like to congratulate our outstanding team of providers on this award, or if it’s time for your annual vision care wellness exam, please stop by to make an appointment or contact Hampton Roads Eye Associates at (757) 643-8800.