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Why and When you Need to Visit an Optometrist

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When it comes to your optometrist, it’s important to maintain regularly scheduled appointments to ensure that your vision is functioning optimally. In addition, an optometrist is able to detect common eye disorders simply by examining your eyes. Among these are:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration

Optometrist are also often the first doctors to detect the onset of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure in their patients.

How Often Should I See My Optometrist?

Generally speaking, an appointment every one to two years for both adults and children is advisable. Young children beginning school should have their vision checked so as to reduce the possibility of learning difficulties due to poor eyesight that has not been corrected. It’s important to remember that a child may have no concept of optimal vision until they have been examined and any corrective measures required have been taken.

As a rule of thumb, children should be examined around six months of age, followed by another exam at age three and one just prior to starting school. In the event that the child has risk factors, an initial exam should be conducted earlier than six months. Common risk factors include:

  • Family history of eye disease
  • Crossed eyes
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Developmental difficulties
  • Mother’s exposure to infections during pregnancy

As for adults, an eye exam every two years between the ages of 18-60 is recommended. Seniors 60 years and older would be better served by having an eye exam once a year. As with children there are certain risk factors for adults that may require more frequent eye exams. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Injury to the eye
  • Prescription drugs that impact vision
  • Occupational challenges to normal vision
  • Family history of eye disease

Special Circumstances That May Require an Immediate Appointment

Here are some conditions that may warrant an immediate appointment with your optometrist.

  • Night driving. If you’re experiencing problems with how light is affecting your eyes or being able to read street signs when driving at night, you may need corrective vision or an adjustment in your prescription.
  • Motion sickness. Have you experienced motion sickness or dizziness recently? Do you have trouble following a moving object with your eyes? If so, call for an appointment today.
  • Reading problems. If you’re having to hold things you read further from your eyes or are having to squint when reading it’s time for a checkup.
  • Dry eyes. Dry, red and itchy eyes can be more than just an annoyance. These symptoms, or experiencing floaters or seeing spots, are sure signs you need to see your optometrist as soon as possible.
  • Diabetes. Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, be aware that your vision may be affected and might require you to wear glasses or contacts or an adjustment in your prescription if you already wear one or the other.
  • Head trauma. One of the consequences of suffering head trauma of any kind is the possibility that your vision may have been affected. Call and make an appointment immediately.

Bear in mind that these are situations where you may need an additional appointment with your optometrist. Remember that regular eye exams are the best way to maintain good functioning vision.

What if I Don’t Currently Have an Optometrist?

Here in the Weston MA area, Weston Eye Care is an eye care center and boutique that relies on state-of-the-art technology to enhance and correct the visions of their patients. Their aim is to provide a better quality of life through better vision. Central to their core philosophy is a commitment to treat their patients and customers as the unique individuals they are. The entire team at Weston Eye Care are dedicated to:

  • Vision care that is personalized
  • Examinations that are pleasant and comfortable
  • Only the finest selection of products

Dr. Stanley Miller, staff optometrist, has played an integral part in the visual health of Weston area residents and visitors for over 30 years. Dr. Miller is ably assisted by Dr. Linh Trieu and Dr. Reagan. Together they ensure that Weston Eye Care patients and customers receive comprehensive eye examinations and are properly fitted for eyewear and contact lenses.

Offering only the finest in boutique eyewear, Weston Eye Care carries in stock only the finest collections and designer brands. Their personal guarantee is to provide:

  • Eyewear to fit an individual’s lifestyle and personality
  • Eyewear that is comfortable as well as functional
  • Eyewear that accommodates any budget

The doctors and staff of Weston Eye Care offer their personal invitation to all area residents and visitors who do not currently have an optometrist to visit or contact them for the vision care and products they richly deserve.

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