At Texas State Optical Atascocita, we know that the total health of your eyes has a powerful impact on your vision quality. In addition to checking visual acuity, we will take the time to evaluate your ocular health with regular comprehensive exams. Our optometrist, Dr. Aaron Reneau, will inspect your eyes for any signs of disease and assess their ability to function together. Your eyes are also a clear indicator of your physical well-being, and we will pay close attention to what your eyes tell us about your overall health condition.
The early stages of many common eye diseases are symptomless. That’s why it is critical to have routine, comprehensive eye exams performed by your eye doctor. Contact us at TSO Atascocita to reserve an appointment with Dr. Reneau.
How is a comprehensive eye exam performed?
Depending upon your visual and physical condition, a multitude of different procedures and tests will be used. You will be asked to read a basic wall chart of letters and numbers, and your depth perception, color vision and ocular response to light will be assessed. A high-powered lens will also be used to inspect the health of your retinal tissues. Your eye doctor may apply eye drops to receive highly accurate results from some of the examinations.
When do children need routine eye examinations?
At TSO Atascocita, we follow the guidelines recommended by the American Optometric Association (AOA), which state the following
- First pediatric eye exam: At 6 months of age
- Second pediatric eye exam: At 3 years of age
- Follow-up eye exams: Prior to first grade. If no vision problems are detected, then exams should be done every 2 years. If vision problems are diagnosed, an annual exam is advised.
When children are at increased risk for eye and vision conditions, comprehensive eye evaluations may need to be performed more frequently.
Risk factors for visual impairment include:
- Family history of eye disease, such as cataracts or retinoblastoma
- Lazy eye, or crossed eyes
- Premature birth, or specific maternal infections during pregnancy (such as rubella or cytomegalovirus)
- Delayed development
- Eye injury
Education experts stress that the majority of classroom learning is transmitted through visual tools. Therefore, an undetected vision problem will compromise your child’s success in school and may cause a variety of learning difficulties. To help keep your child at the head of the class, it’s extremely important to stay on top of the recommended schedule for regular, complete eye examinations!
When do adults need total eye exams?
According to the AOA, adults (age 18 to 60) with no vision conditions or risk factors for eye disease should have their eyes evaluated every two years. If any ocular health risks or visual problems are present, an exam is recommended every year. Note that many eye conditions are associated with aging, and the incidence of problems, such as presbyopia, macular degeneration and cataracts, increases after age 40 (see Vision After 40). After age 61, the risks are even higher, and the AOA strongly advises annual eye assessments for all adults at this stage (see Vision After 60).
Patients at a higher risk for eye disease or visual conditions should come for an ocular examination more frequently. Risk factors include:
- Employment in occupations that are hazardous to the eye, or visually demanding
- Genetic history of eye disease, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration
- Previous eye injury or surgery
- Wearing contact lenses
- Other physical illness or health conditions
Dr. Reneau will be pleased to meet with you at TSO Atascocita, discuss your personal situation and advise you on how often you need a comprehensive eye exam. We proudly serve the neighborhoods of Atascocita, Humble and Huffman, TX, with offices located conveniently to provide top-notch service to all of our patients. Call today to book your appointment!