Family Eye Care & Mavor Optical

Dr. Craig K. Small   Dr. Abby J. Small   Dr. Paige M. Small  Jane Mavor-Small

Eye Exams

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Your exam is more than just getting an eyeglass or contact lens prescription, but to ensure that your eyes are healthy as well. Our comprehensive eye examinations include checking the refractive error of your eyes to determine the appropriate glasses or contact lens prescription, evaluation for common eye diseases and testing how your eyes work well as a team.

Comprehensive eye examinations include several tests and procedures to allow us to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and quality of your vision. Patient history, visual acuity, preliminary tests, refraction, evaluation of the health and supplementary tests. Your vision is carefully evaluated and we pride ourselves on the accuracy of our eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions.

Child Eye Exams

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), all children should have their eyes examined at 6 months of age, and if the child has no vision problems again at age 3, and then 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 who are at risk for vision problems should be monitored more frequently.

Common risk factors for vision problems include:

- premature birth
- developmental delays
- turned or crossed eyes

- family history of eye disease
- head turns or tilts

- history of eye injury

- use of medications with toxic effects on the eye
- 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 more frequently according to their eye doctor’s instructions.

Adult Eye Exams

The American Optometric Association also recommends annual eye exams for any adult who wears eyeglasses or contacts. If you don’t normally need vision correction, it is still important to have an eye exam every two to three years up to the age of 40, depending on your rate of visual change and overall health.

People who have certain systemic conditions that can have an impact on vision and eye health are recommended to have examinations more frequently. If you are over 40 years old, 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. Because the risk of eye disease continues to increase with advancing age, everyone over the age of 60 should be examined annually.

No matter what your age, eye care is very important. Contact us today to book your eye exam in our Caribou or Presque Isle office.