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The importance of regular eye examinations

While we visit the dentist every six months and our hair stylist every two, we may forget that we should also be maintaining our vision health with regular appointments. Dr. Steve Thom is an ophthalmologist who encourages patients to visit their eye doctor on a regular basis for eye examinations. Eye examinations are important to one’s overall heath, as they eyes can indicate problems that need attention. Additionally, when problems are caught early on, they have a better chance of being effectively treated without permanent damage.

What happens during a comprehensive eye examination?

Dr. Steve Thom provides eye examinations that are extremely thorough. These examinations are performed by an ophthalmologist to evaluate the health of the eyes. During the examination, each eye is evaluated for signs of conditions such as detached retinas, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. These are common conditions that can develop over time when patients age. The examination also includes a vision screening to determine the clarity of one’s vision and decide if prescription corrective lenses are needed.

Why are eye examinations important?

Regular eye examinations ensure patients are taking a proactive approach to their vision health. Many conditions can develop with time, and need attention as soon as possible. In some instances, early intervention of certain disorders can improve one’s eye health and avoid permanent damage and blindness. This is why the team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic stress to patients the importance of these routine evaluations.

How often should I see an eye doctor for an evaluation?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) encourages patients to visit the eye doctor for evaluations regularly. Patients in their 20’s and 30’s should see the eye doctor every five years, while older patients over the age of 60 should have yearly check-ups with an ophthalmologist to combat vision concerns that can occur due to aging. Patients with certain conditions may need to see their eye doctor on a more regular basis, including those with chronic eye diseases, corrective lenses, diabetes, and those with a family history of vision concerns.

Are you due for an eye examination?

Contact Thom Eye and Laser Clinic today to book an evaluation with our team in Fargo, ND. We can be reached at (701) 235-5200 and are always accepting new patients seeking comprehensive eye care solutions.

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