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How often should you get your eyes checked?

How often should you get your eyes checked?

One of the questions we get most often is from people wondering how often they should get their eyes checked. Most eye care experts recommend that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. For many people, the how often you need to do this can vary based on age, other risk factors and whether or not you are currently wearing contact lenses.

One group that needs to be screened regularly are children. For many kids most information is given visually in school, so the ability to be able to see and interpret this information is really important to their learning and development. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), children generally should have their first eye exam at 6 months of age, another exam at age three and again at the start of school. Risk-free children should then continue to have their eyes examined every two years until age 18. Certain risk factors like a premature birth, developmental delays, issues with turned or crossed eyes, a family history of eye disease or other physical illnesses or disease are things that can require more frequent eye exams. We can provide screenings for children who know their letters, but it is best for younger kids to see a doctor who has proper equipment to serve the little ones. Also, for kids who are already in glasses, they should have their eyes checked once a year as well. Prescription changes can happen quickly for kids who are still growing, so it is important to have their vision screened regularly.

Adults have similar recommendations for comprehensive eye exams. The AOA also recommends an exam every two years for adults ages 18-60 for low risk patients. For those above 60 years old, they recommend an exam every year. For adults ages 18-60 who have risk factors like a family history of eye disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, any medication that can have eye related side effects or any sort of history of eye injuries or surgery should have their eyes checked at least once a year as well. Doctors may recommend more often depending on the severity of the risk factor.

Another group that should also see an eye doctor once a year are contact lens wearers. Contacts lenses need to be checked regularly to make sure that there are no issues caused by the wear of contact lens wear. Also, the fit of contact lenses should be checked regularly as well. 

The other question we frequently get is what kind of doctor should each patient see?

There are three different kinds of eye care professionals: ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians. Who you should see depends on your needs.

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They see patients, prescribe glasses, contacts and medicine, but can also do eye surgeries as well. They have attended medical school and have additional training in medical and surgical eye care. Optometrists  also are eye doctors who can prescribe glasses, contacts and medicine to treat eye problems. They attend school for four years after college and become a Doctor of Optometry. In most cases, Optometrists do not preform surgery. Lastly, Opticians are the third in this eye care group. They are eye care professionals who fit, adjust and repair glasses. Many Opticians can also help patients with learning how to put in, take out and care for their contacts. There are some that also have training in refracting and fitting contact lenses. 

Again, if you have questions or concerns, contact our office at 405-341-6941! 

 

Introducing...

Introducing...

We are excited to announce that we have added a new line to our collection in our store! Introducing Res Rei
RES REI means ‘the thing’ in Latin which is a nod from the Italian company to the history and language of the Roman Empire. It means an existing object, with substance and form; but it also means a concept, an idea.
 
Res Rei views frames as a multifaceted object, they are fashion accessories, but at the same time they are medical devices and used as a tool to correct poor eyesight. Res Rei views frames as an extension of the person and is all about enhancing the personality through showcasing the individuality of the person wearing them. They're a company that looks through a lens of timelessness and they define style with their own point of view.
Res Rei strives to make frames that survive in time and age gracefully. To achieve this, they focus on a few very important things.

Quality is highest among Res Rei's objectives. They work hand in hand with only Italian manufacturers and suppliers. They visit with their suppliers and manufacturers regularly to ensure that the quality of the work and design maintains a very high standard.
They also strive to be environmentally responsible. Res Rei will only produce with sustainable conscious manufacturers who are aware of consequences of industrial production. 
The third tenant is a reverence for their heritage. 
Italians are the inventors of the first piece of eyewear and have been making glasses since then, honing and constantly refining their skills. Most of the world leading brands in the optical business are located within few square kilometers, in the heart of Italy.

For more information or to look at more of the Res Rei collection, visit Res Rei's Website

 

Don't forget Premier Card runs through November 5!

Care Credit

Care Credit

We now accept Care Credit at our office! CareCredit is different from a regular credit card because it helps you pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses by extending special financing options that you can't get when using your Visa or MasterCard.  It's a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments.

 

You can use it not only on glasses and contacts, but on many other medical expenses. Many dentists, doctors and even veterinarians take Care Credit. Over 200,000 providers are enrolled across the nation. Once you've applied, you can use it again and again at any location that accepts CareCredit.

 

Our office offers financing options of 6 or 12 months with no interest is charged on purchases of $200 or more. You have to make the minimum monthly payments and pay the full amount due by the end of the promotional period. If you do not, interest is charged from the original purchase date. If you have further questions on terms or conditions, please see the Care Credit Terms and Conditions page.

Applications can be completed in our office, online at www.carecredit.com, or by phone at 1-800-677-0718.