When should I go for an eye exam? Should I have regular eye exams?
1. When to get an eye exam?
An eye exam is usually done after a problem has been detected from routine eye exams or when the patient has some abnormality in the eye.
Here are some signs that your eyes need to be checked:
1.1 Blurry vision
If within 10 steps, your eyes can’t see the other person clearly or you can’t read words clearly at a distance, it’s likely that your eyes have refractive errors such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism can sometimes be – three common conditions that involve curvature of the lens and cornea.
In case of slightly blurred vision, you should stop the current work and rest, keep your eyes hydrated. However, if after several days your vision does not improve, you should schedule a vision test and a more detailed eye exam.
1.2 Difficulty seeing at night
If your vision becomes cloudy and impaired at night, this is a worrisome sign of a dangerous eye disease: early cataracts. Please perform the examination as soon as possible to have timely treatment measures.
1.3 Sensitivity to light
If looking at the light from the dark feels uncomfortable and takes a long time to adapt to this change, this is likely because the iris muscles are showing signs of weakening. The above sensitivity may be due to age or may also be due to vision problems.
1.4 Eye pain, eye fatigue
The eye activity time suddenly decreased drastically. For example, in the past, you could watch a computer or read a book continuously for about an hour, but now you can only keep reading for about 20 minutes and your eyes are tired. Along with that, to focus on seeing, you need to constantly squint or blink continuously…
These problems often occur in subjects who have to work with their eyes for a long time, causing eye strain. Therefore, you can rest, avoid too bright light shining into your eyes as well as make sure to drink enough 1.5 liters of water per day to avoid eye strain.
However, if your eye pain persists and becomes more frequent, you need to see an eye doctor for specific tests.
1.5 Frequent headaches
Sometimes, the mechanisms that help the cornea focus on the image force the muscles in the eye to work harder. The result of this is eye strain, along with a headache.
1.6 Double vision
Double vision can be a sign of serious eye problems, especially in the cornea. At the same time, double vision is also a manifestation of cataracts. Therefore, you need to have an eye exam done right away.
1.7 Wavy vision
The objects around you suddenly become like they are underwater, the lines are distorted and the colors fade from reality? This is the most obvious sign of macular degeneration – a concentrated degeneration of the retina and is a leading cause of vision loss, even blindness.
1.8 There is pressure from behind the eyes
This is a sign of glaucoma. This pressure buildup can damage the optic nerve that transmits images to the brain. Therefore, get your eyes checked in this case.
1.9 Seeing halos around objects
This phenomenon signals the development of cataracts. Halos tend to be more pronounced for objects in dark areas.
2. Importance of regular eye exams
A routine eye exam is quite simple and happens once a year (maybe less). This test can assist with vision testing, thereby changing lenses to suit the eyes. In addition, certain eye diseases will also be screened.
Eye diseases are very diverse but the manifestations are relatively mild in the early stages, very few patients realize these signs. Therefore, routine eye examination is an important process to detect eye abnormalities early, thereby allowing doctors to have suspicions and perform specific tests, thereby making a correct diagnosis. sick body.
3. How often should a routine eye exam be done?
In both adults and children, it is necessary to maintain a regular eye exam to ensure the health of the eyes:
For children under 5 years old: The squint, crossed eyes, amblyopia, congenital myopia… need to be checked regularly. In addition, some screenings will also be conducted to prevent the risk of rare eye diseases in children such as cataracts, eye tumors…
Children from 6 to 17 years old: Every year should have their eyes checked twice a year, if the child has refractive errors such as astigmatism, glasses should be measured to get the appropriate level.
Adults 18 years of age and older: should have their eyes checked at least once a year.
The eyes are the “window to the soul”, so when you have a history of eye diseases or have unusual physical signs, you should go to a medical facility for examination and advice. timely treatment.
If you are experiencing vision problems, go to a medical facility immediately to be examined and treated by a doctor as soon as possible. Currently, Vinmec International General Hospital has vision-related service packages such as:
Refractive error screening package
Cataract surgery consultation and examination package