Routine Eye Exams

A standard eye exam is a series of tests performed by one of our ophthalmologists. It is one of the best ways to protect your vision because it can detect eye problems at their earliest stage and when they are most treatable. Regular eye exams give your Ophthalmologist at Albany Eye Associates a chance to help you correct or adapt to vision changes. We can give you expert tips on ways to reduce eyestrain and how to care for your eyes.

Even if you think your eyes are healthy, you'll still need an eye exam at least once every couple of years. You should know what to expect during an eye exam, who to see for a thorough exam and how to prepare. Eye exams can make sure your eyes are healthy now and help you understand your risk of eye disease in the future.

There are several factors that will determine how frequently you need an eye exam, including your age, health and risk of developing eye problems.

Infants, toddlers and preschoolers should have their vision checked each time they visit their pediatrician. It may be difficult to perform in-depth vision tests on this age group, so for children under 3, your pediatrician will likely look for the most common eye problems like lazy eye and crossed eyes. Depending on your child's ability to cooperate, his or her first more comprehensive eye exam should be done between the ages of 3 and 5. You should talk with your pediatrician about when an eye exam is appropriate for your child.

You should have your child's vision checked before he or she enters first grade. Depending on family history of vision or eye problems or any vision complaints your child may have, your child should be seen at least every one to two years.

Adults who don't wear glasses or contacts lenses, have no symptoms of eye trouble, don't have a family history of eye disease and don't have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, that puts you at risk of eye disease, should have an eye exam every couple of years.

If you do wear contacts, you'll need to have your eyes checked at least yearly. If you notice any problems with your vision, schedule an appointment with one of our Ophthalmologists. Blurred vision, for example, may suggest you need a prescription change. A sudden increase in the number of floaters, dark spots darting through your vision, could suggest vision-threatening changes to your retina.

If you have certain other health problems or a family history of eye disease, you may need more frequent eye examinations. Check with your doctor to determine how often you need an eye exam if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • A personal or family history of eye disease.
  • A previous eye injury.
  • A disease the affects the whole body, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

To learn more about Routine Eye Exams contact Albany Eye Associates at 518-434-1042 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors.