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Our Lincoln Park eye care team offers comprehensive eye exams using the most cutting-edge eye care technology. We take our time to listen to your story and develop a complete picture of your ocular and medical history. This allows us to create a customized eye care plan just for you.

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Your Eye Health is Our Top Priority

If you're looking for a comprehensive eye exam that's so much more than determining your prescription for glasses or contact lenses, Eye Mechanix has you covered. Our optometric team will check your eyes for common eye diseases, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, evaluate how your eyes work together, and search for indicators of issues with your overall physical health.

It is not uncommon for eye doctors to be the first to detect chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes during an eye exam.

For both adults and children, a comprehensive eye exam goes a long way towards ensuring that your vision remains crystal-clear and your eyes are healthy. Contact Eye Mechanix in Lincoln Park to book your eye exam today.

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Eye Exams Can Save Your Vision

Eye exams are an essential part of your long-term eye health and clear vision. Many vision threatening eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy may show little or no symptoms until after irreversible damage has already been done to your eyes. This is why early detection and treatment is essential to stopping or slowing the progression of the disease and saving eyesight.

During a comprehensive eye examination, your eye doctor will be looking for initial signs of these diseases.

Eye Exams for Children & Young Adults

Children with undetected vision problems or with eye health issues can face many barriers in life, whether in school or at home. An estimated 80% of all we learn is through vision, so the longer your child goes with an undiagnosed and untreated problem, the further behind they may fall in school. Having regular eye exams offers the best opportunity to correct vision issues and help a child succeed.

Eye Exams for Children & Young Adults

How Often Do Kids Need to Have Eye Exams?

Some experts estimate that approximately 5% to 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children 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 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
  • the family history of eye disease
  • history of eye injury
  • other physical illness or disease

The AOA recommends that children wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses have their eyes examined at least every 12 months or according to their eye doctor's instructions. Consult with our Lincoln Park optometric team for personalized recommendations to correct vision issues and help a child succeed.

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What Happens During An Eye Exam?

Our eye doctor in Lincoln Park, Illinois, will check your vision thoroughly to provide you with the best prescription to address your particular vision issues. If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, your visual acuity will be assessed both with and without your corrective lenses.

You'll be asked to read from a basic eye chart, which tests your eyesight at various distances. The normal measurement for eyes with no refractive error is 20/20. We'll also use a phoropter to check carefully for astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. This procedure involves having you look through a series of lenses, and you'll need to give feedback on which ones give the clearest vision. With the aid of a retinoscope, we'll measure how light focuses on your retina with each of the different lenses.

These tests, among others, provide us with the information needed to check your eye health and issue an accurate prescription.

Vision Exams For Those Over 40

Just like the rest of our bodies, our eyes begin to weaken as we age. There are a number of common age-related eye conditions such as presbyopia, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration that can begin to affect your vision and your daily life. While some of these conditions are more of an inconvenience, others could lead to vision loss and dependency.

In addition to regular yearly eye exams, it is important to be aware of any changes in your eye health and vision. Also know your potential risk factors as well as your family ocular and medical history. Over half of the vision loss worldwide is preventable with proper treatment and care.

Safeguard your vision by booking your eye exam with Eye Mechanix in Lincoln Park today.

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