Q&A for Adults' Eye Care
often should adults have eye examination?
How often should older people
have eye examination?
to make computer use easier on your eyes?
How often should
adults have eye examination?
Most of the
professions nowadays place a high demand on our eyes. For instance,
working on computers or reading make your eyes work a lot and
can quickly tire your eyes. However, with routine eye examination,
correct eye glasses or contact lens, we can avoid a lot of eye
strain, headache, and prevent deterioration of our eyes and a
lot of eye diseases.
to The American Optometric Guideline, adults between 20 to 39
yrs old should have eye exam every one to two years. After 39
years old, the crystalline lens of our eyes lose their flexibility,
which makes it difficult for focusing on close objects, this condition
is called presbyopia. To help you to compensate for presbyopia
and to keep good eye health, you should treat its progression
with corrective glasses or contact lenses. Since the effects of
presbyopia continue to change the ability of the crystalline lens
to focus properly, periodic changes in your eye wear may be necessary
to maintain clear and comfortable vision. According to American
Optometric Guideline, adults of 40 years or older should have
eye exam every year.
How often should older people have eye examination?
care is critical for older population. Cataract, Age-Related Macular
Degeneration (ARMD), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive
retinopathy are the most common seen eye diseases in the older
population, and a lot of these eye diseases are asymptomatic.
Early detection and proper eye care can slow down the progression
of cataract and ARMD, and prevent losing vision. Elders should
have eye exam every half year or one year. If you have eye disease,
your eyes should be checked more frequently.
How to make computer use easier on your eyes?
users complain about headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and other
symptoms of eyestrain. According to the American Optometric Association,
although there is no evidence that using a computer causes vision
problems, it can cause Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). The association
offers the following suggestions to eliminate CVS:
- Do a thorough
eye exam every year to make sure your vision is properly corrected.
Even if you don't need glasses for driving or reading, you still
may have a minor vision problem that can be aggravated by computer
use. You may need a mild prescription to wear only on the job
to reduce vision stress.
- Take alternative
task breaks throughout the day. Make phone calls or photocopies,
talk with co-workers. Do anything that doesn't require your
eyes to focus on something up close.
room lighting to half normal office levels. An easy way to do
this is to remove half the bulbs from ceiling fixtures. Use
desk laps for tasks that require more light.
glare on your computer screen with a glare reduction filter
(look for one with the American Optometric Association's Seal
of Acceptance); by repositioning your screen; and by using drapes,
shades, or blinds. You can also ask your optometrist about eyeglasses
lens tints and coatings that can reduce glare.
- Use an
adjustable copy holder to place reference material at the same
distance from your eyes as your computer screen and as close
to the screen as possible. Your eyes won't have to keep changing
focus when looking from one to the other and your won't have
to keep moving your head or eyes back and forth.
your work area and your computer for your comfort. Most people
prefer a work surface height of about 26 inches for computer
use. Desks and tables are usually 29 inches high. Place your
computer screen 16 to 30 inches from your eyes. The top of the
screen should be slightly below horizontal eye level. Tilt the
top of the screen away from you at a 10 to 20 degree angle.
- Be sure
your glasses meet the demands of your job. If you wear glasses
for distance vision, reading, or both, they may not give you
the most efficient vision for viewing your computer screen,
which is about 20 to 30 inches from your eyes. Tell your optometrist
about your job tasks and measure your on-the-job seeing distances.
these steps can enhance a person's comfort and productivity when
using a computer, the Association says.