Annual Eye Exam Specialist

Tayani Institute

Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Specialists located in San Clemente, CA, Mission Viejo, CA & Oceanside, CA

A key part of your eye health is making annual appointments for eye exams. They help you avoid extensive eye diseases and correct problems that arise with your vision. At Tayani Institute in San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Needles, Blythe, Laguna Hills, Irvine, Oceanside, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Costa Mesa, California, the team of experts offers annual eye exams to help you see clearly and keep your eyes healthy. To book your next exam, call your nearest Tayani Institute clinic or use the convenient online scheduling tool today.

Annual Eye Exam Q & A

Why do I need an annual eye exam?

Annual eye exams are a necessary part of keeping up on your health and wellbeing, similar to physical exams with your doctor and teeth cleanings with your dentist.

Annual eye exams are a chance for your optometrist or ophthalmologist to assess your eyes’ health and make sure your current prescription is working for you.

Many eye diseases and other conditions start without any symptoms and can persist into permanent vision loss or other complications. It’s important for you to get regular eye exams to check for:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Tumors
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Stroke

Surprisingly, your ophthalmologist or optometrist can detect signs of many conditions that aren’t based in your eyes during a routine eye exam. 

This often happens before you experience other symptoms and even before your general doctor can diagnose you. Getting prompt treatment for these and other conditions is essential to your outcome, so catching them early is important.

What happens at my annual eye exam?

At your annual eye exam, you’ll undergo many tests for your vision and the health of your eyes. Before you begin, your provider asks questions about your health, lifestyle and medications. Then, your exam consists of:

  • Visual acuity test
  • Cover test
  • Color vision test
  • Depth perception test
  • Eye muscle test
  • Retinal examination
  • Glaucoma screening
  • Pupil dilation

There are many components in eye exams, and your doctor may suggest others based on your risk factors for certain conditions. You may also get fitted for contact lenses at your annual eye exam if you need them.

Annual eye exams are a chance for you to ask your doctor any questions that you have about your vision and eye health. 

When do I need to start getting annual eye exams?

The frequency of your eye exams changes over the course of your life. Annual eye exams aren’t necessary until around age 55. Before then, you’ll need to come in every five to 10 years in your 20s and 30s and every two to four years from 40 to 54.

You may need to get more frequent eye exams than your age group dictates if you already wear glasses or contacts or if you’re at a higher risk of vision loss or eye diseases.

To keep up on your eye health and be sure that you’re seeing clearly with your current prescription, call your nearest Tayani Institute location or book your annual eye exam online today.