At Eye Physicians of Central Florida, the list of services we provide grows with science and technology and with our constant efforts to meet the needs of our patients.We provide comprehensive general ophthalmology care, including routine examinations and treatments as well as urgent and emergency eye care. Common conditions treated include:
- Nearsightedness and farsightedness
- Astigmatism and presbyopia
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Dry eyes
When Do I Need to Get My Eyes Examined?
When should you or your child come in for an eye exam? The answer varies depending on your age, family history, medical history and various other factors.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) who is specially trained to provide comprehensive eye care from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to performing eye surgery.
An optometrist (O.D.) diagnoses and treats vision problems, eye diseases, injuries or abnormalities, and can also prescribe glasses and contact lenses as well as medications to treat eye disorders. The American Academy of
Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends that individuals with no known vision problems or risk factors follow this eye exam schedule:
Infants (Birth to 24 months)
A pediatrician, family physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant should conduct vision screening during regular pediatric exams. A newborn’s eyes should be screened for general health in the nursery. By six months of age, all infants’ eyes should be screened. If there are questions about the infant’s eye health, a comprehensive eye examination should be performed. No infant is too young for an eye examination.
Before Age 5
It is not uncommon for a child to have a serious vision problem without being aware of it. Your child’s primary care practitioner should screen your child’s vision at ages three and five for eye conditions such as strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), ptosis (dropping of the upper eyelid) and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). If there is a family history or symptoms of any of these conditions, your child should see an ophthalmologist right away.
Age 6 to 19
The child or teenager should have their eyes screened every one to two years during regular check-up appointments.
Age 20 to 39
Adults should have a complete exam by an ophthalmologist at least once between the ages of 20 and 29 and twice between the ages of 30 and 39.
Age 40 to 64
A comprehensive eye exam with an ophthalmologist should be scheduled every two to four years.
Age 65 and Older
Seniors need to have their eyes examined every one to two years. During this period, eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration increase with frequency, and early diagnosis can be crucial.
Exceptions to the AAO Guidelines
There are individuals who may be at greater risk for eye problems and who need to see an ophthalmologist more often than recommended.
Risk factors include:
- A family history of eye problems
- Being an African American over the age of 40 (increased risk for glaucoma)
- Diabetes (requires an annual exam regardless of age)
- History of eye injury that required medical or surgical care
There are also symptoms that could indicate a problem with the eyes.
- Visual changes or pain
- Flashes of light
- Seeing spots
- Ghosting of images
- Dark spots in vision
- Lines and straight edges appear distorted or wavy
- Dry eyes with burning and itching
If you experience any of these symptoms, call Eye Physicians of Central Florida to schedule a comprehensive exam as soon as possible.