Ophthalmologists are specialists in vision and eye diseases, and they treat visual disorders
Consult an ophthalmologist ! it is a necessary medical act that depends on the patient’s profile: age, family medical history, and any visual symptoms observed. Find out how often you should see an ophthalmologist; what symptoms and diseases of the eye should motivate you to make an appointment; and the importance of regular check-ups for those who drive.
When should you make an appointment with an ophthalmologist?
Regular visits to an ophthalmologist are essential for staying in good health. To ensure this, the frequency of your appointment with the ophthalmologist will depend on your profile: it will be different depending on your age, from infancy to elderly.
For adults with no vision problems or eye symptoms or family medical history, you may only need a routine check-up. An appointment every two years is sufficient to ensure the good health of your eye and your vision. From the age of 40, we advise you to be more vigilant about your eye health. Screenings for glaucoma or AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) may be necessary depending on your personal and family history to prevent any complications.
If you find that you have difficulty seeing at a distance or up close, experience headaches or ophthalmic migraines, or work for long periods of time on screens with eye fatigue that sets in quickly, we invite you to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
What are the symptoms and eye diseases that should make you consult an ophthalmologist?
In ophthalmology, there are many conditions affecting the eye and vision. You may have noticed a decrease in your vision (from both near and far), a feeling of dryness in the eyes that does not go away despite the use of physiological serum…
Whether they are more or less serious, these symptoms deserve your full attention.
What symptoms should alert you? A sudden drop in visual acuity, acute eye pain, difficulties or even the impossibility of wearing lenses, persistent black spots in your field of vision… All of these are signals from your eyes that it’s time to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Don’t neglect your vision, your eyesight is precious, and don’t hesitate to turn to an ophthalmic emergency unit if necessary.
Many eye diseases can cause a decrease in your visual acuity, encouraging you to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. To name a few: presbyopia and hyperopia appear with age. If you find it difficult to focus your eyes, it’s time to consult an ophthalmologist.
Other diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment, AMD can require you to consult a specialist quickly. All pathologies such as diabetes can cause a decrease in visual acuity. Tobacco smokers are also likely to see their vision change more rapidly, so regular ophthalmological check-ups are to be expected.
Do you drive? Don’t forget to make an appointment with your ophthalmologist!
Driving is all about your ability to visually analyze your surroundings. It is therefore necessary, as a driver, to have your vision monitored regularly. Many road users continue to drive their vehicles despite significant sight problems.
On average, for adults with no vision problems, an appointment every two years is sufficient. Otherwise, an annual appointment for people who wear glasses or who are over 40 years old is necessary to ensure that their vision is good enough for driving.
It is important to know that health care professionals cannot intervene directly with people who have insufficient vision to drive, under the protection of medical confidentiality. If you know a driver with very poor vision, and you are concerned about their condition, do not hesitate to encourage them to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist.