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Importance of regular eye examinations | Long Island Eye Doctor

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

No matter how physically healthy you are and no matter your age, regular eye examinations are extremely important.  In fact, it’s more than just an eye exam – The eye is the window to the body’s health conditions.


Who Needs an Eye Exam?

Everyone!  Starting in early childhood, eye exams are necessary to ensure that a child develops normal vision to give them the best chance to perform well academically.  Remember, 80% of learning is through the eyes.  Eye exams are necessary for adults to help determine the best quality of vision, to check for the early development of eye disease and to screen for diseases like high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and thyroid disease, just to name a few..

What Does the Eye Doctor Look for?

Your doctor will examine the health of your eyes.  He will look to determine if you need prescription contacts or eyeglasses while also looking for any early signs or development of any type of eye disease. Here is a brief list of eye conditions your Long Island eye doctor may look for:

  • Refractive Errors – nearsightedness, farsightedness and even astigmatism.
  • Focusing Difficulties – including difficulty for children and age-related problems with the elderly, also known as presbyopia.
  • Eye Diseases – such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macula degeneration.
  • Other Diseases – an eye doctor can determine if you have diabetes or not, as in many cases, there is bleeding in the eye that the doctor can see during a complete eye exam.

Vision screening vs Eye examination

But I Just Had a Vision Screening!

Vision screenings are simple tests that children have annually at school or at the pediatrician.  Adults have a screening every eight or so years to get their driver’s license renewed.  Screenings simply test the level of visual acuity.  What screenings to not test for is eye health.  They also cannot determine if the eyes are straining to see.  Think of it this way.  We can still walk with a one pound ankle weight on our ankles but we wouldn’t want to do that for very long because the muscles will tire.  What if our eyes were working hard?  We would get eye strain.  Recent studies revealed that school screenings and pediatrician screenings missed 72 percent of vision problems in children.  This is why a thorough, routine eye exam from your optometrist is recommended.   While screenings may help to determine if you can see, they cannot tell you if you are seeing efficiently.  It is by no means a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam.

At Optix Family Eyecare Center in Plainview, Long Island, we can help you understand more about your eyes and will spend much of our time educating you about your eyes.  The most important thing to realize, though, is that you need regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are in good health.  As you age, not only does your body’s health change, but your eye health changes as well.  Luckily, you can get a comprehensive eye exam by caring professionals on Long Island right now!

Read more about Eye Exams on All About Vision and AOA (American Optometric Association)

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