What can an Ophthalmologist do for me?
Ophthalmologists are concerned with our eyes and vision. They are the only doctors medically trained to diagnose and treat all eye and vision problems. Their numerous services can span from lens prescription to precision surgery.
In 2020, around 55 percent of people living with blindness were women, this amounts to almost 24 million women - Lancet (Global Health Commission)
What can I do to maintain my eye health?
Women make up two-thirds of the 40 million visually impaired and two-thirds of the blind population. We were shocked by these statistics and now understand the need for an open conversation to combat this inequality.
What should I ask my doctor?
- Am I at risk of developing an eye disease?
- What tests will we be doing, and do they include a dilated eye exam to check for diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration?
- How should I best monitor my eye health?
- How often do you recommend I return for a comprehensive eye exam?
- Are there lifestyle changes I can make to prevent or reduce my risk of eye disease?
- How much are tests and how can I be sure my insurance covers the cost?
Are there any guidelines? Can I avoid the problem?
Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should receive a comprehensive medical eye evaluation at age 40 if they have not previously received one. An eye screening at 40 can catch diseases early and prevent vision loss, as many go unnoticed.
For asymptomatic individuals or individuals without risk factors, who are 40 to 54 years old, and who have had a comprehensive eye examination, the recommended interval for evaluations is 2 to 4 years.
For individuals aged 55 to 64 years old, the recommended interval for evaluations is 1 to 3 years.
For individuals 65 years old or older, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends an examination every 1 to 2 years, even in the absence of symptoms.
Supporting Sources: aao.org , facs.org