Your Source for Comprehensive Eye Exams in Jupiter
Regardless of your age or physical health, it's important to have regular eye exams with Dr. Kelso.
During a complete eye exam, they will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Here at Jupiter Eye Care, our doctors recommend having an OCT with your annual eye exam. The OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) is a machine that allows us to see below the surface of the retina. This technology has been compared to ultrasound. The fact that we can see deeper into the retina allows us to diagnose retinal disease at an earlier stage. We use the technology of the OCT to help with diagnosing glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. to name a few.
The particular OCT we chose to bring into our practice takes a retinal photo as well as a scan. The software links the two together allowing the doctors to see the specific part of the retina associated with the scan. This is a great tool for the doctor to explain what they are seeing to the patient as well.
As a patient, you will just have to rest your chin in the chinrest and take a look straight ahead. The OCT will give you a light to focus on. You will see a row of light going across the screen and then a flash. The whole process takes a couple of minutes. Then the doctor will review the results with you in the exam room.
Do you need to have an eye exam near you?
A comprehensive eye exam at our practice in Jupiter includes a number of tests and procedures to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. These tests range from simple ones, like having you read an eye chart, to complex tests, such as using a high-powered lens to examine the health of the tissues inside of your eyes.
Eyecare experts recommend you have a complete eye exam every one to three years, depending on your age, risk factors, and physical condition.
Children. Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children in Jupiter have vision problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, at age 3 and again at the start of school. Children without vision problems or risk factors for eye or vision problems should then continue to have their eyes examined at least every two years throughout school.
Children with existing vision problems or risk factors should have their eyes examined more frequently. Common risk factors for vision problems include:
- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes
- family history of eye disease
- history of eye injury
- other physical illness or disease
The AOA recommends that children who wear eyeglasses or contact lenses should have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Read more about Pediatric Eye Exams.
Adults. The AOA also recommends an annual eye exam for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don't normally need vision correction, you still need an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health. Doctors often recommend more frequent examinations for adults with diabetes, high blood pressure and other disorders, because many diseases can have an impact on vision and eye health.
If you are over 40, it's a good idea to have your eyes examined every one to two years to check for common age-related eye problems such as presbyopia, cataracts and macular degeneration. Read more about
Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.