Dr. Black's Eye Associates of Southern Indiana
302 West 14th Street, Suite 100A
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-0660
Monday—Friday | 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Primary Vision Care
Our team of eye doctors provides comprehensive vision care for children and adults in multiple convenient locations throughout the Kentuckiana region. For more than 30 years, the eye doctors at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates have been counted on for eye exams by patients from Louisville and Frankfort, KY, to Jeffersonville, and Corydon, IN, along with numerous other locations and satellite offices.
Scheduling regular eye exams is an essential part of maintaining good vision and eye health, and it enables us to detect eye conditions at an early stage.
What Is Primary Vision Care?
Primary vision care is an important part of your overall healthcare. Having regularly scheduled eye exams is important not only for clear vision, but also for early detection of eye health issues and even general health concerns. In many cases, an eye doctor is the first to diagnose a health problem like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Everyone should get their eyes checked on a regular basis, just as children and adults get routine physical checkups. Eye exams involve much more than checking to see if your vision needs correction with glasses or contact lenses.
Recommended Frequency of Eye Exams
The schedule for eye exams depends on a patient’s age and whether or not they have risk factors for eye health or vision problems. In general, eye exams should be performed according to the following guidelines:
- Babies should be examined at around 6 months of age
- Young children should have an exam at approximately 3 years of age
- From 6 to 18 years old, children should have an exam before first grade and approximately every 2 years thereafter.
- Adults aged 18 to 60 should also have their eyes examined every 2 years
- After age 61, adults should have an annual comprehensive eye exam
Your eye doctor may recommend more frequent exams if your family has a history of certain eye conditions, or if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or another medical issue that could affect your vision.
It’s About Vision and Health
You may not schedule regular eye exams if you feel like your vision hasn’t changed. However, vision changes usually occur very gradually, and people often don’t notice when they need a change in their lens prescription.
It’s very important to understand that routine eye exams can detect a range of eye conditions, some serious, including:
In addition to these eye health concerns, an eye doctor is often the first healthcare provider to detect signs of other serious health concerns. These include:
- Presbyopia (age-related blurry vision), which is diagnosed by an ophthalmologist and can be treated with special lenses or eye drops.
- Diabetes, which is often detected when the small capillaries in the eyes leak blood or fluid.
- High blood pressure, which is evidenced by irregular blood vessels in the eyes.
- High cholesterol, which can cause the cornea to take on a yellowish tinge or a yellow ring.
- Lupus and other autoimmune disorders, which can produce inflammation of the eyes.
- Cancer, especially skin cancers around the eye or on the eyelid.
- Thyroid problems like Graves Disease, which produce a characteristic bulging of the eyes.
- Aneurysms and neck tumors, which are sometimes evidenced by a droopy eyelid or irregularly shaped pupils.
What to Expect at Your Eye Exam
Comprehensive eye exams for adult patients involve a series of evaluations made by your eye doctor and typically take about 45 minutes to an hour. Before the exam begins, the doctor or another member of the team asks about your medical history, your history of vision care, and if you have any current vision concerns.
For a more detailed explanation of what to expect from your eye examination, visit our dedicated eye exam page.
Our team of eye care professionals provides total eye care for the entire family in multiple locations across Kentukiana for your convenience. Request a complimentary consultation using the online form, or call us at (812) 284-0660 and a member of our team will help you.