It’s almost Labor Day weekend. 2014 is flying by! Many people in The Triangle are making plans for a holiday weekend at the coast or in the mountains, preparing to say goodbye to summer 2014. With Labor Day weekend being the final hoorah of summer, normalcy will soon return with school and fall related activities.
As schedules change, it’s easier to schedule appointments—for example, maybe it’s time to put that physical on your calendar. In fact, scheduling a yearly physical is quite common, and physicals are even required for some occupations. While here at Park Ophthalmology we believe it’s important to visit your doctor, we also advise keeping healthy by scheduling eye exams regularly every year as well.
These patients should receive annual comprehensive eye exams (as recommended by the AOA):
- Adults over age 60 and “At risk” adults:
- Those with a family history of eye disease
- Those diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure
- Those with careers that are hazardous to the eyes/strain vision
- Those taking medications that have eye-related side effects
- Those who have had eye surgery or injured their eyes
Adults ages 18-60 should receive an eye exam every two years, unless they fall into one of the above-listed categories.
A comprehensive eye exam allows Doctor Beth Friedland at Park Ophthalmology to evaluate the eyes for many health considerations, and new prescriptions the patients may need. For example, these exams are crucial for assessing how well patients’ eyes are functioning together and they help prevent eye disease. A comprehensive eye exam can also provide insight to a patient’s overall health. Ophthalmologists are able to discover signs of diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Remember, a vision screening is different from a comprehensive eye exam. While a primary care doctor can provide patients with a vision screening, only an ophthalmologist can perform a medically-focused and comprehensive eye exam.
This article about eye exams is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)
Durham, NC 27713
Office: 919 544 5375
Fax: 919 544 5829
Park Ophthalmology North
6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105
Raleigh, NC 27615
Office: 919 846 6915
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