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At Vision Source Odessa, our optometrist in Odessa, TX offers comprehensive eye and vision exams for patients of all ages. If it's been more than a year since your last eye exam or if you're noticing symptoms of an eye problem, our optometry team is here to assist you.
Generally, eye and vision exams should begin around the age of six months and continue throughout a patient's life. For most patients, one eye exam per year is enough, but patients with underlying medical conditions or history of eye health problems may be encouraged to come in twice a year instead.
One of the most common questions people have about eye exams is "what's the difference between a pediatric eye exam and a traditional eye exam?" The main difference is that kids' eye exams tend to focus on screening for eye and vision problems that are common in childhood, such as lazy eye. These conditions tend to occur as the eyes develop (which happens primarily during the years of grade school). Children's eye exams also focus on visual acuity, as many children tend to develop the need for corrective lenses earlier in life.
Adult and senior eye exams also focus on visual acuity and screening for eye and vision problems, but they tend to be more focused on eye conditions that become more common in adulthood, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and even macular degeneration.
Even if you haven't noticed any changes in your eye or vision health in the past year, it's always important to schedule annual eye and vision exams to stay on top of changes in your ocular health. Regular exams and screenings allow us to be on the lookout for signs of underlying problems that you may not otherwise notice until the problem has progressed. With early diagnosis and treatment, many eye and vision conditions can be successfully managed and treated. And of course, coming in for an annual eye exam ensures that you're up-to-date on your corrective vision prescription so you can see as clearly as possible!
Exams in our office begin with a consultation with either Dr. Hembree or Dr. Jackman; this will include an overview of your history and will give you an opportunity to bring up any questions or concerns you may have about your eye health. From there, we can move onto vision testing, which involves having you read off of an eye chart and testing your normal distance and reading vision.
Your exam will also include eye function testing, which assesses your peripheral vision, ability to focus, and responsiveness to light. Finally, we will perform a physical assessment of your eye health and screen for conditions like glaucoma.
If you're due for an eye exam, schedule yours with Vision Source Odessa today. You can reach our office at 432-362-3133 to schedule an appointment or find out more about our practice.
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