Think about how much you rely on your eyes. Just try walking around your home at night in the pitch darkness trying to get to the bathroom. Imagine that happening all of the time. Your eyes can change drastically as you age. Many eye problems can be treated if caught early with an eyecare exam from Optometric Specialty Group in Simsbury, West Hartford and Westfield, CT.
Eye Exams for Babies
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies that seem to have normal vision have their first eyecare exam when they are about six months old. Newborn or very young babies should see an eye doctor if they get conjunctivitis and it has not gotten better in two weeks.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Children do not always tell you when they can’t see well. Vision problems can cause great difficulty in school. Make sure your child gets his or her eyes checked at least once a year. Children are often given slightly different and more colorful eye tests than adults. For example, they are usually tested to see how well their eyes work together.
Diabetic Eye Exams
All diabetics must get their eyes examined because high blood sugar can damage the eyes. Patients with diabetes are susceptible to a condition called diabetic retinopathy, which will cause blindness if left untreated. Some people find out they have diabetes from their preventative care eye exams. The sooner diabetes is treated, the more chance you have of saving your sight.
If you need a new pair of glasses or contacts, you need a new prescription because your eyes have changed. The exam you get at this time is often called a vision exam since its main goal is to help improve your vision. You read eye charts to see how well you can read at a distance and close up. Sometimes, screenings for problems like cataracts are part of a vision exam.
Comprehensive Eye Exam
This kind of exam looks at how well you see and checks on the health of your eyes. The optometrist checks the back of your eyes to ensure you are not developing cataracts or glaucoma. Some types of glaucoma do not show symptoms until it is too late to treat. Your eyes are often dilated with drops, which can make you sensitive to light. Be sure to bring a pair of sunglasses with you.
See An Eye Doctor in Simsbury, West Hartford or Wethersfield
You and your family need to get an eye exam at least once a year. If you live in CT, contact Optometric Specialty Group in either of two convenient locations. Contact the Simsbury office today at 860-658-1620, West Hartford office at (860) 236-1218 or the Wethersfield office at (860) 296-1700 to make an appointment today.