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Eyecare Wellness Questions

My vision is fine. Why do I need an eye exam?

Your VSP coverage is designed to protect and enhance your eyesight: your most important sense. Thorough eye exams are essential, not just for detecting vision problems, but as an important preventive measure for maintaining overall health and wellness. A WellVision Exam® from a VSP doctor does more than just help you see well. It can also help your doctor see signs of common health conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Caring for your eyes should always be a part of your regular healthcare routine.

How often should I have an eye exam?

An eye exam is recommended every year. As a rule, you shouldn’t go longer than two years between eye exams. You may need to have your eyes examined more often if you have a family history of eye diseases, diabetes, you have generally poor health, or you’re taking medications that may have potential side effects on the eye.

What's a VSP WellVision Exam®?

A WellVision Exam is something only VSP can offer. Our doctors do much more than a quick check of your eyes. They'll carefully look for eye problems and signs of other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma and diabetes.

What is the difference between a routine eye exam and a contact lens exam?

Routine eye exams are an important preventive measure for maintaining your overall health and wellness. During an eye exam a VSP eye doctor can look for vision problems and signs of serious medical conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, and even cancer.

During a contact lens exam, your doctor will evaluate your vision with contacts. Although your vision may be clear and you feel no discomfort from your lenses, there are potential risk factors with improper fitting of contact lenses that can affect the overall health of your eyes.

When should my child have his or her first eye exam?

The American Optometric Association suggests that children should have their first regular eye exam at six months of age. Another vision exam should take place when a child is around two or three years of age when their vision undergoes its most rapid development and vision correction is most effective.

After their initial eye exam, how often should children have an eye exam?

Children should have an eye exam every two years or more often if there is an eye or vision problem or a family history of eye disease.

School children use their eyes more often than adults to read and perform other activities, so it's critical for them to have regular eye exams. Eye screening offered at school typically only tests distance and may not detect some vision problems. Your child can have problems with near vision, eye coordination, and focusing and still have 20/20 distance vision. If left untreated, these problems can cause learning disabilities, headaches, and other visual discomforts.

Do I need a special eye exam as I get close to, or past age 40?

You don't need a special eye exam over age 40, but it's critical that you have a regular eye exam at least every two years. As we get older, we're more susceptible to certain eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. A regular eye exam enables your eye doctor to detect the first signs of disease and prescribe the appropriate treatments to prevent vision loss.