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Comprehensive Eye Exams

eyechart Eye exams are important for your overall health regardless of age.

During a complete eye exam, Dr. Matthew Hendrickson will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but he will also check your eyes for common ocular diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

A comprehensive eye exam at Clarity Eye Care includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.

DSC_5705Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.

Children. On average, 1 out of 10 pre-schoolers and 1 out of 4 school-aged children have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and every year after. Annual eye exams are equivalent to a regular check up by a physician, especially since vision is crucial to learning skills.

Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:

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  • developmental delays
  • turned or crossed eyes
  • family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.DSC_5721

Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.

If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.

Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually. Read more about Vision After 60.

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Matthew S. Hendrickson, O.D.

With his own extensive family history of eye conditions, Dr. Hendrickson developed an interest in state-of-the-art eye care in his 20s to help those with their eye health. He studied under doctors who cared about their patients, who provided comprehensive eye exams rather than trying to finish them in record...
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