Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Surgical Nurse Stephanie Nelson - Routine Care
Routine and Family Eye Care
Annual or regular eye examinations are critical for maintaining your vision and detecting eye problems. Routine exams check your vision,
screen for eye disease, and/or update your eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions.
Our doctors diagnose the most common refractive errors during routine eye examinations:
Myopia (nearsightedness): a condition where close-up objects appear clear and distant objects appear blurry.
Hyperopia (farsightedness): a condition where distant objects appear clear and close-up objects appear blurry. Significant hyperopia
can cause objects near or far to be blurry.
Presbyopia: a condition associated with aging of the eye that progressively worsens the ability to focus clearly on close-up objects.
Astigmatism: a condition that results in distorted or blurred vision at all distances. Other symptoms can include eyestrain, headaches,
and trouble driving at night.
Many eye problems are without symptoms. Most diseases can be present in the eye in some form. Eye doctors are often the first to diagnose
diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, auto immune diseases and possibly cancer.
With regular eye exams, our doctors can diagnose eye problems and health issues at their earliest stage when they are most treatable; we
can help correct or adapt you to vision changes and provide you with instructions for caring for your eyes. Frequency of your individual
eye exams depend on factors including your age, health and risk of developing eye problems.
Have your eyes checked more frequently if you wear glasses, have a chronic disease that puts you at greater risk for eye disease, such
as diabetes, or have a family history of eye disease.
Age 3 and younger: Your pediatrician will likely identify eye problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes or turned-out eyes.
Age 3 to 5: Your child’s first comprehensive eye exam should be performed.
Age 6 to 18: Children’s vision should be checked before they enter first grade. After that, your pediatrician may perform screenings
and screenings may be performed at your child’s school. A comprehensive eye exam in our office is recommended if your child has
vision problems or if there is a family history of eye problems at a young age.
Age 20 to 40: Have your eyes checked every two to five years if you are in good health and have no vision problems.
Age 40 to 65: Have your eyes checked every two to four years.
Age 65 and older: Have your eyes checked every one to two years.