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How Often Should My Child Get an Eye Exam

Regardless of age, it is important that everyone gets the health of their eyes and their vision checked on a regular basis. As a parent or guardian of a child, you will be responsible for making sure that their eyes are in good health and that they have clear vision. Of course, the best way to make this happen is taking them for their regular routine eye exams.


How Does LipiFlow Treat Dry Eye?

Dry eye is one of the most common eye conditions, yet many people don’t even realize that they have it. The condition clearly takes its name from the main symptom that it causes, but it also has a range of other debilitating effects, from blurred vision and itchy, scratchy eyes, to redness and eye pain.


What Are the Common Symptoms of Dry Eye?

Tears are essential for your eye health as they lubricate the eye surface. Whenever you blink, a tear film sweeps over the surface of your eye. A thin layer of fatty compounds called lipids preserves the watery tear layer on your eyes.


What Happens During a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

If you are like many people, you’ll think there is a lot of mystery in an eye doctor's appointment. This is especially so if you have never been to an optometrist's office before. For starters, an appointment with an eye doctor is so the optometrist can run a series of procedures and tests on you in a comprehensive eye exam. 


Treating Dry Eye Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Dry eye is a condition where your eyes produce a low quantity or low quality of tears. In cases where the eyes make low-quality tears, the likely culprit is blockage of the meibomian glands.


When Should My Child Have Their First Eye Exam?

Experts say that 80 percent of a child’s learning before age 13 is visual. Milestones like walking, reading, and identifying colors depend on vision. This information underscores the need for eye exams.


How Is Dry Eye Diagnosed?

Dry eye syndrome is a common eye condition that occurs when tears fail to provide enough lubrication for the eyes. Different reasons can cause the tears to be unstable and inadequate. Tear instability can result in inflammation and damage to the eye surface. 


Why Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam vs. a Vision Screening

One of the best things you can do to safeguard your vision is to go to an eye doctor for regular checkups. Most people get vision screenings and presume they are okay. The problem is that they do not know the difference between comprehensive eye exams and vision screenings.


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