Getting regular eye exams is an important part of your overall health care, but many men and women overlook scheduling vision care checkups with an ophthalmologist or optometrist. With offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, NYC, New York Ophthalmology offers people from throughout New York City and Long Island convenient access to experienced, board-certified eye doctors.
What Does a Routine Eye Exam Include?
Quality eye care involves more than a quick exam. Primary vision care can detect eye diseases at an early stage, identify patients who may be susceptible to vision problems as they get older, and even uncover undiagnosed illnesses that aren’t directly related to vision. Primary vision care involves:
- Educating patients about maintaining and promoting healthy vision
- A comprehensive vision exam
- Screening for eye diseases or conditions without symptoms
- Performing refractive tests to determine if a patient needs prescription lenses
- Creating a treatment plan to treat eye conditions or diseases
- Determining if specialized care is necessary
- Performing cataract or another eye surgery if needed
Specific eye care needs vary depending on the age of the patient. Children younger than 5 should be screened for common childhood problems.
How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?
Between ages 40 and 65, a person should have an eye exam every 2 to 4 years. After turning 65, a person should come in once a year to get their eyes checked.
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Do I Need an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist?
Both types of eye doctors can play an important role in your vision care. Optometrists (O.D.) provide primary eye care and can examine, diagnose, treat, and manage eye diseases and conditions. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors (M.D.s) who complete specialized training after getting their medical degrees. The board-certified ophthalmologists at our practice have undergone extensive training in all aspects of eye health and focus on the medical and surgical aspects of vision care. Optometrists cannot perform surgery, but they do work with ophthalmologists to provide patients with optimal care.
How Long Does a Routine Eye Exam Take?
If you’re looking for an eye doctor in Manhattan, Queens (Jackson Heights and Jamaica), or throughout New York City, our optometrists and ophthalmologists provide expert vision care to adults and children. Request an appointment using the online form or call us at (866) 599-8774 and a member of our team will help you.
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