Looking for an eye exam in Lincoln NE

It is important to have yearly comprehensive eye exams for all ages starting as early as 5 years of age or sooner if eye problems arise. Children as young as 6-12 months should have their eyes checked if there are concerns and again at 3 years of age if vision or eye coordination issues are present. Learn about free vision assessments we participate in for these 2 age groups. Premature babies are more susceptible to eye and vision problems. Therefore it is important to have their eyes monitored closely as well. Yearly eye exams should start when your child starts school as their vision can change rapidly as they grow. 80% of learning is visual. If you suspect your son or daughter may have an eye problem, do not wait to have their eye exam as it may start to affect their performance in school. Children with a family history of eye disorders are at more risk of hereditary vision problems and should definitely have yearly eye exams.

Eye Exams And The Elderly eye exams in Lincoln NE

Adults also need yearly eye exams as the risk for eye diseases starts to go up the older we get. This is especially true if you have health issues like hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of eye diseases like macular degeneration or glaucoma. We offer retinal imaging screenings at your yearly eye exam that allows for much earlier detection of these eye diseases. Also, as we age, we start to lose the ability to focus up close which is what we call presbyopia. This usually occurs in your early to mid 40’s. Usually self prescribed over-the-counter readers are not appropriate (even if you can see better with them on) and can lead to further eye strain and vision problems. This is especially true if you work on a computer several hours a day. After you overcome your near vision issues with glasses or contact lenses and you approach your 60’s, eye diseases become more of a concern.

IF YOU ARE OVER THE AGE OF 60 YOU ARE AT GREATER RISK OF DEVELOPING CATARACTS, MACULAR DEGENERATION, AND GLAUCOMA.

Yearly comprehensive eye exams can keep your vision as clear as possible and help prevent vision loss from eye diseases.

WHAT KINDS OF EYE DOCTORS OR EYE CARE PROVIDERS PERFORM YEARLY EYE EXAMS?

Optometrists are the most common doctors that perform yearly comprehensive eye exams. See what eye care services our optometrist provides. Some ophthalmologists also perform yearly eye exams, but most perform surgeries and work in referral centers. Opticians do not perform vision exams. But, often work for optometrists and ophthalmologists assisting with vision exams. While also, fitting contact lenses in addition to selling, adjusting, and repairing glasses. Yearly comprehensive eye exams consist of gathering your eye and medical health history along with your family eye and medical health history, eye coordination testing, testing eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions, as well as examining the external and internal health of your eyes.

MAINTAINING PROPER EYE HEALTH IS IMPORTANT.

Just like the rest of your body proper nutrition and care is important to maintain the health of your eyes. A heart healthy diet is generally the best diet for your eyes. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables along with exercise are best. In addition, eating fish 2-3 times per week or taking daily fish oil supplements daily are also helpful. Triglyceride based fish oil which is not commonly found in stores is much more effective in treating dry eyes and maintaining macular health.

Nutrition And Your Eyes

In addition to proper nutrition for better eye health, exposing your eyes to certain things can be harmful. If you spend a lot of time on a computer, tablet, or smart phone you are exposing your eyes to a lot of blue light that is given off from LED screens. This can be harmful to your eyes, contribute to eye strain, and affect your sleep. We offer eyeglass lenses that block this blue light. When you are outdoors it is important to protect your eyes from the UV in sunlight. Just as you would protect your skin with sunscreen, wearing quality sunglasses that have 100% UV protection is important. UV exposure can increase your risk of macular degeneration, speed up the development of cataracts, and create scar tissue on the front of your eyes in the form of pinguecula and pterygium.

Scarring From Accidents

Scarring on the front of your eyes can also occur from accidents. Accidents afflict the eyes just as they can the rest of your body. Proper safety glasses are important to prevent very painful and sometimes sight threatening scratches, chemical burns, and foreign bodies. Besides accidents, smoking can also lead to vision loss. We all know that smoking is bad for your lungs and cardiovascular system, but it is also bad for your eyes. Studies indicate that it doubles your risk of developing macular degeneration which is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60 in the U.S.

IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF AN EYE EXAM PLEASE CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. THE COST FOR AN EYE EXAM IN LINCOLN CAN USUALLY BE CLAIMED FROM YOUR VISION PLAN AND/OR MEDICAL INSURANCE.