General Vision Care

Routine Exams

As comprehensive eye care providers, the routine eye exam is one of Professional Eye Associates' most important service offerings. Having a routine eye exam on a regular basis not only helps you to achieve your personal best vision, it helps to keep your eyes healthy by checking for diseases and conditions that may or may not present symptoms, such as glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.

During a complete eye exam, we will refract your eyes, check intraocular pressure and dilate your eyes. Dilating drops enlarge the pupil and allows the doctor to view the back of the eye. Please be sure to bring your current glasses or contact lenses to the exam, as well as a list of any and all medications you are taking.

Dilating the eyes may cause temporary blurred vision and sensitivity to light. We will be happy to provide you with a pair of protective eye shields as you leave.

Routine Exams for Children

Regular eye exams are especially important for children because they usually do not say when they are having a difficult time seeing up-close to read or having difficulty seeing things in the distance. Children often do not realize there is a problem. A periodic comprehensive eye exam can identify problems, and correct the child's vision. Common visual problems in children include amblyopia ("lazy eye") and strabismus ("crossed eyes"). If detected early, both conditions can be corrected.

The recommended guidelines for when to have your eyes examined by an eye care doctor are as follows:

  • Ages 0-2: screening during regular pediatric appointments
  • Ages 3-5: screening every 1 to 2 years during regular primary care appointments; one exam by an eye doctor before starting kindergarten
  • Ages 6-19: examination every 1 to 2 years or as needed
  • Ages 20-29: at least one examination or as needed
  • Ages 30-39: at least two examinations or as needed
  • Ages 40-65: examination every 2 to 4 years, at least
  • Ages 65 and over: examination every 1 to 2 years, at least

If a person has any of the following risk factors, more frequent visits may be necessary:

  • History of eye injury
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of eye problems
  • African American over age 40

Professional Eye Associates

  • Dalton Office - 1111 Professional Blvd., Dalton, GA 30720 Phone: 706-226-2020
  • Calhoun Office - 136 Belmont Dr., Calhoun, GA 30701 Phone: (706) 602-7775
  • Ellijay Office - 772 Maddox Dr., East Ellijay, GA 30540 Phone: (706) 276-4455
  • Fort Oglethorpe Office - 1052 Battlefield Pkwy., Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742 Phone: (706) 866-2020
  • Chatsworth Office - 113 Pine Street, Chatsworth, GA 30705 Phone: (706) 971-2061

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