The Eye Center provides:
- Ocular examinations – Full, comprehensive dilated ocular examinations that provide for accurate perscriptions for eye glasses.
- Treatment and management of ocular disease – presentations such as glaucoma, eye infection, conjunctivtis (pink eye), dry eye, corneal abrasions and ocular emergencies.
- Accurate Prescriptions – We provide accurate prescriptions for glasses, contact lenses and eye medication, if necessary.
During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, and also examine your eyes for common eye diseases, check how your eyes work together as a team, and also assess your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
A comprehensive eye exam at our Burlington, Fayetteville, Durham, or Wilmington locations includes several procedures which will examine and assess the health of your eyes and the quality of your sight. Some of these tests are simple, like having you read an eye chart, and some are complex, like using a high-powered lens which examines the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eyecare experts suggest that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to three years, depending on your health, age, and risk factors.
Children. Some specialists believe that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have serious vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), every child should have an eye exam at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again before school starts. Children who don’t have vision problems, and who have no risk factors for vision problems should have their eyes checked at least every two years throughout their school years.
Children with current vision issues or risk factors should have their eyes examined more often. Common risk factors for eye problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA advises that children who need glasses or contact lenses should have their eyes checked at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor’s instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA recommends a yearly eye exam for any adult who wears glasses or contacts. Even if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses, you should have an eye exam every two to three years until you reach 40, depending on how much your vision is changing, and your overall health. Doctors sometimes suggest more frequent exams for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, as serious diseases may have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, eye doctors suggest that you have your eyes examined every one to two years, because it is important to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about Vision After 40.
The risk of eye disease increases with age, so everyone over the age of 60 should be examined yearly. Read more about Vision After 60.