Routine eye exams are crucial. Yet so many of us put them off until there’s a problem—or perhaps we think they only apply to people with glasses. Dr. Joe Senall, Medical Director for Simon Eye Associates and a practitioner for almost 25 years, helps us answer four key eye care questions.
1. When should I get my first eye exam?
The American Optometric Association recommends that children should have their first eye exam at around 6 months, then again at age 3. Another exam should be performed at 5 or 6, when they start school, and once a year thereafter.
2. What’s involved in a routine eye exam?
Depending on the reason for the visit, testing will differ for everyone. A typical comprehensive exam consists of a thorough medical and eye history; a vision evaluation, both near and at distance; and preliminary depth-perception and color-vision tests. It also includes evaluations of eye-muscle function, visual fields (side vision) and pupil reactions; a refraction to determine the best prescription (for glasses or contact lenses); and an eye-health examination, with a glaucoma test and pupil dilation to check for diseases.
3. Why must my pupils be dilated during an exam?
“The eyes are the windows to the soul,” says Senall. And they’re certainly a window to what’s happening in the rest of the body—especially the blood vessels. In addition to conditions like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, doctors can also detect hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, autoimmune disease and even some cancers.
4. What are some common eye issues?
Guided by the motto “Eye Care for Life,” since 1987, Simon Eye Associates has grown from a single private practice in Wilmington to six locations throughout Delaware. Founded by Dr. Charles Simon, the practice specializes in routine eye exams, emergency care and treatment of diseases, and contact lens evaluations. LASIK and cataract surgery consultations and follow-up through Ophthalmology at Simon Eye are also available.
Simon Eye Associates Locations:
5301 Limestone Road, Suite 128, Wilmington
Fox Run Shopping Center
116 Fox Hunt Drive, Bear
Middletown Crossing Shopping Center
472 E. Main St., Middletown
2625 Concord Pike, Suite A, Wilmington
912 N. Union St., Suite 1, Wilmington
19 Haines St., Suite B, Newark
4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 128, Greenville