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When To See An Eye Doctor

When to See an Eye Doctor

Generally, if you are a healthy person and between the ages of 18 and 60, you should visit the eye doctor every 1-2 years, even if you do not have any vision problems. If you wear contact lenses, you need an annual eye exam. You should also visit your optometrist annually if you have health factors that indicate you could be at risk of developing problems. These factors include a family history of eye disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. If you’re in greater Boston - Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Somerville, or the surrounding areas, consult with your optometrist at Eyes Over Copley for an eye exam schedule that works for your health situation.

Signs That You Need to Visit the Eye Doctor ASAP

There are some warning signs that indicate you should visit your eye doctor as soon as you can. These signs include blurry vision at distance or at near, frequent headaches, hard time seeing at night, halos when you are around light, constantly squinting, and double vision. These are signs that you may need corrective glasses or lenses. Changes in your vision can happen very slowly so sometimes it can take years for you to notice. You may not notice your vision changing so it is important to pay attention to other signs that may seem unrelated, such as headaches.

What Will Happen at Your Eye Appointment

If you are nervous about your appointment, here are a few things you can expect. Your eye doctor will ask you some questions about your general health and if there are members of your family that have a history of eye problems. Your doctor will test your distance vision with the typical eye chart. Your doctor will also test for glaucoma and cataracts. There may be other eye tests that are performed, which may also include dilation, depending on your history. If you want to get contact lenses, there will be some additional tests for you to be fitted for the lenses.

Visit Your Eye Doctor Today

Even if you don’t have any warning signs that indicate it’s time to visit the eye doctor, you may still want to make an appointment. This is especially true if you haven’t been to the eye doctor in more than 2 years. All vision problems are more easily treated when they are detected early on. If you’re from Cambridge, Charlestown, Brookline, or the surrounding areas, call Eyes Over Copley today at 617-859-0630 to schedule an appointment.