As South Carolina emerges from the coronavirus epidemic and doctor offices begin reopening fully, the public is encouraged to catch up on any routine doctor exams that may have been skipped during the last 18 months. This includes your routine eye exam. Adults over the age of 40 are encouraged to have an eye exam conducted every 1-2 years, and a doctor may recommend more frequent visits depending on family history and if the doctor finds something of concern during the exam.
According to the CDC, an estimated 93 million US adults are at a high risk of vision loss, but only half of this population visits their eye doctor for a routine eye exam. Due to the rising age of the US population, the number of visually impaired and blind people is expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.
The routine eye exam provides an opportunity to identify eye issues early, potentially avoiding the need for more aggressive treatments in the future, and potentially preventing loss of eyesight. A robust eye exam includes more than just checking visual acuity to determine the need for glasses or contact lenses. The ophthalmologist will also run tests to confirm the health of eye muscles and nerves. The eye will be examined through a microscope to look for early signs of diseases such as cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
The Eye Center in Columbia is more than just a leader in the medical treatment of serious eye diseases. They are also one of South Carolina’s largest providers of routine eye examinations. New and returning patients are encouraged to call The Eye Center to schedule their next eye exam. Making this call is important to maintaining healthy eyes for the rest of your life.
About The Eye Center
The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Lasik, AST, PRK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.