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How often should I have eye examinations with an ophthalmologist?

Your vision and eye health is just as important as your overall health. Your eyes allow you to see and interact with the world around you. However, many patients deal with concerns that need to be evaluated by a professional, including poor vision that might require eyeglasses or contact lenses. Dr. Steve Thom and his team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic are dedicated to providing patients with the solutions they need to maintain their eye health and vision. Part of being proactive about your eye health is scheduling routine eye examinations with an ophthalmologist.

What happens during an eye examination?

During an eye examination, patients may experience the following:

•             Providing medical history and any new or recent changes in your vision health

•             Measuring of visual acuity to determine your current vision capabilities and determine if prescription eyewear or contact lenses are needed

•             Numbing the eyes with special drops to check eye pressure and screen for glaucoma

•             Dilating the eyes to allow the doctor to look into the inside of the eyes to spot concerns

•             Performing a physical evaluation of the eyes to determine overall eye health

After the evaluation has been performed, the doctor will advise the patient as to the results of their assessment. If patients are in need of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, this will be discussed and patients can work with the team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic to pick out new eyeglass frames for their new prescription or choose contact lenses that are appropriate for their needs.

How often should I have an eye examination?

In most situations, patients with otherwise healthy eyes should have an eye examination performed every other year until the age of 60, when annual visits are encouraged. Patients with any type of eye disorder or condition may need to see an ophthalmologist more than a patient with healthy vision.

Learn more about the importance of routine eye examinations at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic

Dr. Steve Thom and his team in Fargo, ND are committed to helping patients achieve and maintain healthy vision and eye health. If you have questions about routine evaluations, or want to speak to an ophthalmologist in the area about your vision and eye concerns, call the practice at (701) 235-5200 to request a consultation. Our facility is conveniently located at 2601 University Drive S and accepts new patients and families.

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