Your eye health is a window to your overall health and wellbeing. Regular eye exams are important for corrective lenses, like glasses and contacts, but also to identify any conditions that could cause vision loss. Kuriachan Eye Institute, led by Vipin Kuriachan, MD, makes preventive eye care the priority for people in Irving, Texas. Dr. Kuriachan provides comprehensive eye care, from general eye exams to early diagnosis of conditions like glaucoma and diabetic eye damage. Make your first appointment online or by phone today.
A general eye exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your vision and eye health. Dr. Kuriachan and his team often begin by discussing your medical history and any problems you’re experiencing.
Eye exams include a variety of tests and procedures to check your vision and overall health. Tests to assess your visual acuity evaluate how clearly you see close up and at a distance. Other tests, such as eye dilation, are used to look inside your eye and check for eye diseases.
The doctor may have you look through different lenses and shine bright lights into your eyes during your exam. If you wear glasses or contacts, you should bring them to your eye appointment.
Getting regular eye examinations ensures you’re enjoying your best possible vision. Corrective lenses, like eyeglasses or contact lenses, are customized to give you sharp, clear vision.
In addition to giving you better vision with corrective lenses, eye exams give Dr. Kuriachan the opportunity to evaluate your eye health. The optic nerve at the back of your eye connects directly to your brain and gives the doctor a look at the health of your nerves, blood vessels, and brain.
During your eye exam, Dr. Kuriachan checks for eye conditions that may not have early symptoms. Common diseases, like diabetic eye disease and glaucoma, are serious conditions that can cause vision loss if left untreated. They often don’t have warning signs, but catching them early increases the success of treatment.
How often you need your eyes checked depends on your age, existing eye conditions, and risk for developing other eye diseases.
In general, young children will have their first comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5 or before they start going to school. School-aged children should have their eyes examined every one to two years.
People in their 20s and 30s may only need an eye exam once every five years. Between the ages of 40 and 64, it’s a good idea to have your eyes checked every two to three years. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’ll likely need an eye exam once a year, regardless of your age.
As you age, your risk for vision loss increases. If you have a family history of eye disease or you have diabetes, you should get eye exams yearly. Everyone over the age of 65 should have annual eye exams, too.
Dr. Kuriachan is dedicated to giving patients their best possible vision. Whether or not you wear glasses, have an existing eye condition, or want to stay on top of your eye health, make an appointment for an exam today by calling the office or booking online