Some eye diseases and conditions have no early symptoms or warning signs. For this reason, they can go undetected for long periods of time until a condition worsens significantly.
Our experienced eye doctors use the latest technology to detect vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, diseases of the retina, macular degeneration or glaucoma.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following guidelines for scheduling eye exams over the course of a lifetime:
- Age 5 – Children should have their first eye exam. Earlier examinations are recommended if there are problems such as crossed eyes or a family history of a lazy eye (amblyopia.) Following this initial appointment, children with normal vision should be screened every two years.
- 20-39 – Only need an annual eye exam. These patients should contact us if a noticeable change in vision occurs or if wearing corrective lenses. People in this age group who wear corrective lenses should schedule an exam every year, as should those at risk for glaucoma or who know they have eye disease.
- Beginning at age 40 – Regular eye exams should be scheduled every year. If a change in vision is noticed, an exam should be scheduled immediately.
- Age 65 – yearly exams become necessary to rule out glaucoma, cataracts or other age-related eye diseases.
At Gulf Coast Eye Institute, we hand-pick specialists in many fields of ophthalmology so that we can provide expert services based on any of your needs. No matter what condition needs treatment, you can trust us to provide cutting edge care.